Daily Stuff 12-4-22 Cookie Day!

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-4pm.

[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge – Dry. It was fairly bright, earlier, despite clouds, and darkness suprised me! 43F, wind at 2-18mph and gusting, AQI 2/41/38, UV1. Chance of rain 71% today and 21% tonight.

Forecast – It looks like the night-time temps are moderating a bit, back to a more normal level….
Today(47°/39°F) Showers, 0.12 in.
Tomorrow(51°/38°F) Partly Cloudy, 0 in.
Tue(48°/38°F) Mostly Cloudy, 0 in.
Wed(49°/42°F) Cloudy, 0.51 in.
Thu(47°/40°F) Rain, 0.75 in.
Fri(46°/41°F) Showers, 0.63 in.
Sat(48°/43°F) Showers, 1.02 in.
Sun(50°/42°F) Showers, 0.45 in.
Mon(48°/38°F) Showers, 0.53 in.

1 fire on the map
98 Delta Fire – 290 acres – same
Over 30 firespots.

Friday evening we ate right away. It was just leftovers, finishing up the Thanksgiving foods. …and then we went splat, being very tired. I didn’t wake until well past midnight, about the time that Tempus starts to stir. I read on my tablet until he got up, then got a snack, then crawled back in while he still had a few minutes to spend.

He didn’t have nearly the time last night as the one before, although he was delivering two papers. The pavement had dried during the day, and while it was nearly as cold, he managed. He’s dealing with a new car problem, though. The driver’s side door doesn’t want to open all the way and he has no clue why. It’s awful to hear him moaning and groaning trying to get through a too-small opening. It’s supposed to get looked at on Tuesday….

The huge fennel in 2014

Yesterday we were a touch late to the shop. I slept through both of the alarms! I got the compost bin dumped into one of the pots, at least, and Tempus collected dishes. It took me until past 4 to finish messages and mail since I was doing some grief counseling… more just being a friend… but a student lost her father that morning. She was stuck home with a flu of some kind, and he’s been ill and hospitalized for a couple of weeks, in “active death”. Never heard it called that before….

I only got to this newsletter past 4, and Tempus is making bread, I think, so I have time to get it done and set up some frames, too. …and this is taking forever…. I keep finding things to look up!

Today is our “different day”. I’m planning to do wood butter this afternoon.

Yaquina Bay Fishing boats and bridge, Newport, OR – taken on 11/28/18 by Ken Gagne

book orn 113

A  few years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!)  in an afternoon. Go to this page: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-H8 Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!) …and there are a lot more tutorials on the page! Or go straight to the PDF https://ancientlightshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/yule-gift-2012-book-ornaments2.pdf


The local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.


Today is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are  a three-windowed tower, a palm branch,  a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara

Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Holiday Hours – Closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. 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 Aries enters Taurus at 3:38am.

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 12/6 at 11:08am.


Aquarius after sunset – On January evenings after the Sun sets, Aquarius offers a host of targets, including Neptune, M2, and M72. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Neptune stands still against the background stars of far northeastern Aquarius at 5 A.M. EST; after this, the distant planet will begin moving eastward toward the border of Aquarius and Pisces. The ice giant is not visible early in the morning, but instead you can find it in the south as soon as darkness falls. At magnitude 7.9, you’ll need at least binoculars to see it; conveniently, there are two relatively bright signposts to guide you. Right now, Neptune lies roughly halfway between magnitude –2.6 Jupiter in Pisces and magnitude 4.2 Phi (ϕ) Aquarii. Once you zoom in on that position, you’ll see Neptune sits inside the center of a triangle of three 7th-magnitude stars.

Taking the underpass – Around 6:45 P.M. EST on the 4th, Europa appears to pass due south of Ganymede. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

As long as you’re in this region of the sky, turn a telescope on Jupiter to catch Europa’s shadow making its way from east to west across the disk (visible in twilight or darkness for those in the central and eastern U.S.). Just off Jupiter’s western limb, Europa itself slides due south of Ganymede around 6:45 P.M. EST; the moon’s shadow moves off the jovian disk just under an hour later. And shortly after 8 P.M. EST, Ganymede — which has been approaching the limb over the last

Mercury and Venus are deep in the bright glow of sunset. Try with binoculars about 20 minutes after sundown; look just barely above the southwest horizon. Venus is by far the brighter of the two, at magnitude –3.9. Mercury, a few degrees to Venus’s left, is about mag –0.6 and probably invisible. They’ll both get a little easier day by day. When can you first pick them both up?

On the morning of March 19th, 2019, Christopher Go in the Philippines captured Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. South is up. The once-dark “eyebrow” underneath it, outlining the Red Spot Hollow, has almost completely retreated to the left (preceding) side in the last month.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 9:52 p.m. EST; 6:52 p.m. PST. A light blue or green filter at the eyepiece helps a bit.

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 Sagittarius

Chiron (12/23), Mars (1/12/23),  Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of
Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Color – Orange
Planting 12/4-6©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree month of  Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Su   4      Low   3:10 AM     2.1   7:36 AM     Set  3:58 AM      81
~     4     High   9:26 AM     8.4   4:37 PM    Rise  2:46 PM
~     4      Low   4:22 PM     0.4
~     4     High  10:33 PM     6.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a graceful day!


Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – List the things or people that make you happy or make you feel good.



~   One of the best ways to measure people is how they behave when something free is offered.- Ann Landers, Syndicated columnist
~   Health, Wealth, and Happiness attend! – Signora Francesca Testarossa de’ Martini
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. – John Muir
~   To be aware that we are asleep is to be on the point of waking; and to be aware that we are only partially awake is the first condition of becoming and making ourselves more fully awake. – Alfred Orage, British intellectual, born on January 22, 1873; ‘Are We Awake?’

Heart-warm against the stormy white,
The Rose of Joy burns warmer yet. – Thomas Gold Appleton (1812–84)


Yule Magick – Recipes

Fire Soup
2 1/2 pounds Sugar-cured ham
6 ounces Schnitzel’s hot sauce
4 ounces Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce
1 pound Lentils
1 pound Kidney Beans
4 ounces Tabasco Sauce

Put the ham, lentils and beans in enough water to cover. Cook until beans
are done.  Put in all hot sauces. Cook several more hours, until the flavor
is all through the ham, which is thoroughly broken apart. Serve with
something cold to drink. It’s great for your sinuses. (Notes from recipe
creator: I just threw this together because I was feeling reckless, but the
taste was wonderful, and the stuff freezes well, too. Both Dr. Schnitzel’s
and the Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce are habañero sauces, which I think
accounts for the wonderful flavor (as well as the heat.) Tabasco alone would
work, if you used a *lot*, but the flavor wouldn’t be as good, I think.)

Bacon, Cabbage and Pasta Soup
4 Slices bacon, cut up
2 c Coarsely shredded cabbage
2 (14-1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
1 (16 oz.) pkg. Green Giant Frozen Pasta & Vegetables
Accent Garden Herb Seasoning

Cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper
towels. Crumble bacon. Cook cabbage in broth until crisp tender. Stir bacon,
broth, frozen vegetables and pasta, and water into cabbage. Bring to a boil;
stir. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are

(You can also use 2 cups cooked pasta and 2 cups of frozen vegetables. Follow the directions as above, but only throw the past in for the last minute of cooking.)

Nuker Ham and Corn Chowder (or clam)
2 17 ounce cans of creamed corn
1 ½ cup chopped ham, cooked (or 2 cans clams)
1 ½ cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon minced onion
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Parsley, chopped

In a microwave-safe large casserole combine corn, ham, milk, cheese, onions and seasonings.
Zap 3 minutes, stir.
Zap 1 minute, stir and repeat until heated through.
Let stand for 10 minutes to let flavors blend and stir thoroughly.
Zap again for 1 minute to bring back to temp.
Garnish with the parsley and serve.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – slackjam (SLAK jam) – n. The condition of being trapped in one’s own trousers while trying to pull them on without first removing the shoes.

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