Daily Stuff 11-22-22 Pentacle Day

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:33 PM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Josh Orkin, sea holly, Song of the Oktahutche , Thanksgiving Crafts, Shorties, https://wp.me/p2xgQ8-gnG.

[posting at 9:30pm] Rain gauge – dry. The day started sunny, but clouded up in the middle of the afternoon. Odd, the computer is saying “clear”. I’ll find out when we head home, I guess! 48F, wind at 0-8mph and gusting, AQI 42/69/73, UV1. Chance of rain 99% today and 18% tonight. GALE WARNING from 7am to 1pm today. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1pm to 4am Wednesday. (winds & seas)

Forecast – Today could get interesting, maybe even waterpik weather!
Today(54°/43°F) Rain/Wind, 0.48 in.
Tomorrow(57°/42°F) Partly Cloudy, 0 in.
Thu(60°/46°F) Mostly Sunny, 0.02 in.
Fri(54°/42°F) Showers, 0.15 in.
Sat(50°/42°F) Partly Cloudy, 0.19 in
Sun(48°/39°F) Showers, 0.46 in.
Mon(49°/38°F) Few Showers, 0.22 in.
Tue(49°/41°F) Showers, 0.59 in.
Wed(48°/36°F) Showers, 0.4 in.

Fires on the map
98 Delta Fire – 290 acres – up
22 firespots. Many are trailing smoke…..


Sunday evening we closed up, then ate lentils with buttered bread and hardboiled eggs with mustard sauce and then Tempus headed off for a nap. I spent a good while writing. …and then putzed. Finally the chicken was done, but I had to wait for it to cool, then pack it up, then I couldn’t find what I needed for the rest of the juice. It was past midnight before we were heading home, which meant I really didn’t get enough sleep.

Our guardian

…and that meant that I was really dozy when we got to the shop. I held out until about 2:15, then curled up on the sofa. When I woke around 4pm, I tried to get back on task. <sigh> Tried…. but then I got an order for some gift certificates and had to work that out. …and now I have 45 minutes to finish this e-mail. Yikes!


Class at 6pm, so I have to get ready, too…. …and Amor called from Alaska, needing to vent, so this is put off until after class…. Class went well, we’re well into the history section.

Today I’m hoping we’re going to catch up on some sleep, but Tempus is going to hit the grocery for the Thanksgiving shopping.

A photo of Heceta Head on 11/14/19 taken by Josh Orkin (Used with permission)


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t one. 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.


Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval of the Pentacle symbol on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.

Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Holiday Hours – Closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas and New Year’s. Closing early on 12/24 & 12/31. (4pm) 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 Scorpio


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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/22 at 2:57am.

In autumn, the waning crescent Moon at dawn steps down at a steep angle from day to day. Conversely, springtime is when the waxing crescent Moon steps up at a steep angle day by day in evening twilight. Celestial mechanics is full of symmetries.

Ganymede’s shadow hits the spot – The shadows of the Galilean moons regularly cross Jupiter’s disk. Viewers in western North America can see Europa’s shadow on the gas giant’s cloud tops the morning of February 28, 2019. In this image, the Hubble Space Telescope captured Ganymede’s shadow silhouetted against the Great Red Spot. – NASA/ESA/A. Simon (GSFC)

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 9:52 p.m. EST; 6:52 p.m. PST.

Algol should be at its minimum brightness for a couple hours centered on 7:14 p.m. EST. It will take several additional hours to fully rebrighten.

Conjunction – This photographer captured himself observing Mars, Saturn, and the Moon in the July 2008 sky. – makelessnoise (Flickr)

Mars is looming large in our sky as November closes, nearing its closest approach to Earth as well as an early December opposition. The Red Planet is visible all night, from soon after dark all the way until dawn, sitting near the horns of Taurus the Bull. It now glows at magnitude –1.7 and will gain another 0.1 magnitude by the end of the month. Stretching 17″ across through a telescope, Mars is ripe for imaging. Those experienced with video capture may glean surface details; around local midnight in the Midwest, the vast scar of Valles Marineris and the dark blotch of Sinus Meridiani are facing Earth. Plus, both of Mars’ poles are on view, so compare and contrast the ice caps while you can. Even if you’re observing with the naked eye, Mars is still a fine sight. Glance to its southwest in the sky and you’ll find a similarly colored ruddy star: That’s Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus. Once Orion rises a few hours after dusk, bright Betelgeuse joins the scene, creating a trio of red-colored lights in the sky.

Mars, brightening from magnitude –1.6 to –1.7 this week, clears the east-northeast horizon around the end of twilight. It gains altitude until culminating nearly overhead around 1 or 2 a.m. There’s no missing it; Mars now outshines even Sirius (which rises around 9 or 10 p.m.). Mars’s fiery yellow-orange color always helps give it away. Mars has passed between the horntips of Taurus, Beta and fainter Zeta Tauri, moving west (retrograde). It’s on its way to opposition the night of December 7-8 — when the full Moon will occult Mars for much of North America and Western Europe! Map and timetables. Mars-colored Aldebaran, only a tenth as bright at magnitude +0.9, sparkles to Mars’s upper right by 14°, roughly a fist and a half at arm’s length. Somewhat farther to the planet’s lower right is Mars-colored Betelgeuse. How do the three compare? Color perception can be tricky; see “Seeing the True Colors of Mars,” a lesson for astronomers from a chemist, in the November Sky & Telescope, page 52. In a telescope Mars now appears 16.7 to 17 arcseconds wide, almost the 17.2 arcseconds it will display around its closest approach to Earth on December 1st. (The reason Mars’s closest-to-Earth date and opposition date are a week apart stems from the ellipticity of the two planets’ orbits, Mars’s especially. Mars has the most non-circular orbit of any planet but Mercury.)

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 Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 12:20am.

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
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Color – Maroon
©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
Tu  22      Low   4:34 AM     2.3   7:22 AM    Rise  5:51 AM      6
~    22     High  10:35 AM     8.8   4:43 PM     Set  3:56 PM
~    22      Low   5:33 PM    -0.6
~    22     High  11:52 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What goes up must come down. Unless of course you overdose on Viagra.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think the rules you must follow are good or bad?


~   If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. – Bill Cosby
~   The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
~   The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. – Da Vinci
~   The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles

Song of the Oktahutche by Alexander Posey – 1873-1908

Far, far, far are my silver waters drawn;
       The hills embrace me loth to let me go;
The maidens think me fair to look upon,
       And trees lean over glad to hear me flow.
Thro’ field and valley, green because of me,
       I wander, wander to the distant sea.

Thro’ lonely places and thro’ crowded ways;
       Thro’ noise of strife and thro’ the solitude,
And on thro’ cloudy days and sunny days,
       I journey till I meet, in sisterhood,
The broad Canadian, red with the sunset,
       Now calm, now raging in a mighty fret!

On either hand, in a grand colonnade,
       The cottonwoods rise in the azure sky,
And purple mountains cast a purple shade
       As I, now grave, now laughing, pass them by;
And birds of air dip bright wings in my tide,
       In sunny reaches where I noiseless glide.

O’er shoals of mossy rocks and mussel shells,
       Blue over spacious beds of amber sand,
By cliffs and coves and glens where Echo dwells—
       Elusive spirit of the shadow-land—
Forever blest and blessing, do I go,
       A wid’ning in the morning’s roseate glow.

Though I sing my song in a minor key,
       Broad lands and fair attest the good I do;
Though I carry no white sails to the sea,
       Towns nestle in the vales I wander thro’;
And quails are whistling in the waving grain,
       And herds are scattered o’er the verdant plain.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on November 20, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Thanksgiving Magick – Crafts

Learn about the Mayflower at

Brainstorm Thanks – So often we eat and watch football at Thanksgiving but forget to say thanks. Here’s a fun idea.

Each person is given a blank sheet of paper and sharpened pencil. Set a timer, according to what you think is best (two minutes max). Tell everyone that when you say “GO” they should write down everything they can think of that can be explained in two words or less for which they are thankful. When the timer goes off they each count how many they have. The person with the most should read their list and for every word that’s the same each person should cross it off their list. It’s fun to see what’s on every person’s list and what is unique to different individuals. Open it up to discussion and if you choose give a prize to the person who has the most unique answers.

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft

This cute turkey is made from your child’s handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration.


  • Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Trace around the child’s feet using brown construction paper and cut out. These two pieces will be the turkey’s body.
  2. Trace around the child’s hands using red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut out, two each color. These 6 pieces will be the turkey’s feathers.
  3. Glue the two footprints together to make the turkey’s body. (The heels make the head area.)
  4. Cut out a round wattle and an orange beak. Glue the wattle, beak, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the turkey’s head.
  5. Make two legs from paper and glue then to the back of the body (or use pipe cleaners and tape them to the back).
  6. Glue the handprint “feathers” to the back of the turkey.

You can now decorate your house for Thanksgiving with these cute turkeys. Don’t forget to put the child’s name and age on the back of the turkey.


Silliness – Shorties – I inherited a device from my grandfather that turns our discarded hairs into yarn. It’s a family hair loom.

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