Daily Stuff 11-23-17 Pyramid Strike

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne! The shop is closed today for the holiday. We’ll be open early Friday and Saturday and stay late.

Yesterday was mostly showers, raining hard for a few minutes and then slacking off all day long, eventually adding up to over 1/2 an inch, since it’s been steady all night. We’ve gotten 1/2 an inch of rain so far since midnight. It rolled in harder this morning than they had figured, so the afternoon should be dryer. Wind is at 13mph, 55F, clouds are at 300 feet. On the way to the shop the clouds were all tangled in the trees and dribbling steadily.

I spent most of yesterday asleep, it seems like. At about the time the newsletter went out we had some breakfast. I went to curl up with a book and dozed off and didn’t wake until 7:30pm! Tempus was sleepy, too.

We did get most of the chores done, eventually, although we didn’t get back to sleep until past 1am. Tempus ran out during the day and got stuff from the pharmacy and the shop. I did eventually spend a little time on writing. Other than that…. quiet day, but we needed it.

Today is a fun day for me. I get to cook! We’re heading for the shop, early, so’s to set up the turkey in the roaster, carrots in a crockpot and bread. It’s going to be just us and Sash, maybe his buddy, Josh, but the only thing on the agenda is hanging out together and cooking. 🙂

I hope you have a fun Thanksgiving!

Yachats Bay mirror from 11/17/16 by Ken Gagne

Yachats Bay mirror from 11/17/16 by Ken Gagne

mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens.,
as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time. I love this drawing of it, because you can clearly see the differences between it and the other artemisias, like sagebrush or wormwood…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort

220px-Khendjer_2The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE. They were striking over not having a living wage. Has anything changed? This probably was Khendjer’s pyramid in Saqquara, but I don’t have a lot more info. This pyramidon (the top stone on a pyramid) is from his pyramid.

They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/26 at 9:03am. 

And by about the 24th, Saturn stands closer over Mercury.
Does the Sun already seem to be setting about as early as it ever will? You’re right! We’re still a month away from the winter solstice — but the Sun sets its earliest around December 7th if you’re near latitude 40  north. And right now it already sets within about 3 minutes of that time. A surprising result of this: The Sun sets just about as early on Thanksgiving as on Christmas — even though Christmas is much closer to solstice time! This offset is made up for by the opposite happening at sunrise: the Sun doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th. Blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the eccentricity of Earth’s orbit.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter (magnitudes –3.9, +1.7, and –1.7, respectively) rise before or during dawn in the east-southeast. First up is Mars, the dimmest. As Mars gains altitude, find Spica below or lower left of it. Jupiter comes into view well to their lower left as dawn begins. Venus rises lower left of Jupiter as dawn grows bright. The separation of these two brightest planets is rapidly widening: from 5° on the morning of the 18th to 13° on the 25th. Jupiter is getting higher daily; Venus is sinking ever lower.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22

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 Sagittarius
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 12:14pm.
Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Crimson

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  23     High   3:49 AM     6.5   7:23 AM    Rise 11:28 AM      15
~    23      Low   9:07 AM     3.6   4:42 PM     Set  9:14 PM
~    23     High   2:38 PM     7.1
~    23      Low   9:47 PM     0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Build fairy doors.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – What caused me to wince today?

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Quotes  

~  There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. Seneca
~  Through the centuries, the history of peoples is but a lesson in mutual tolerance. – Emile Zola
~  To choose what is difficult all one’s days, as if it were easy, that is faith. – W. H. Auden
~  To know is to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes part of the observed. – Kerr Cuhulain

Family Tradition – by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004

Sparkling crystal dishes
filled with chocolates
and sweet things.
Warm smells and giggles
coming from the kitchen.

Families and friends
gather round tables
sharing their hearts
in the meals
they have
carefully prepared.

Celebrating thanks,
or weddings
or funerals,
they carry forward
an ancient tradition
of love shared
transcending
the length of generations. – Submitted By Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004

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Magick – THE HORN OF PLENTY BY OVID [ADAPTED]

AENEUS, King of Ætolia, had a daughter whose name was Deïanira. So beautiful was the maiden that her fame spread throughout the world, and many princes came to woo her. Among these were two strangers, who drove all the other suitors from the hall of King Æneus.

One was Hercules, huge of limb and broad of shoulder. He was clad in the skins of beasts, and carried in his hand a knotted club. His tangled hair hung down upon his brawny neck, and his fierce eyes gleamed from behind his shaggy brows.

The other stranger was Acheloüs, god of the Calydonian River. Slender and graceful was he, and clad in flowing green raiment. In his hand he carried a staff of plaited reeds, and on his head was a crown of water-lilies. His voice was soft and caressing, like the gentle murmur of summer brooks.

“O King Æneus,” said Acheloüs, standing before the throne, “behold I am the King of Waters. If thou wilt receive me as thy son-in-law I will make the beautiful Deïanira queen of my river kingdom.”

“King Æneus,” said the mighty Hercules, stepping forward, “Deïanira is mine, and I will not yield her to this river-god.”

“Impertinent stranger!” cried Acheloüs, turning toward the hero, while his voice rose till it sounded like the thunder of distant cataracts, and his green garment changed to the blackness of night, — “impertinent stranger! how darest thou claim this maiden, — thou who hast mortal blood in thy veins! Behold me, the god Acheloüs, the powerful King of the Waters! I wind with majesty through the rich lands of my wide realms. I make all fields through which I flow beautiful with grass and flowers. By my right divine I claim this maiden.”

But with scowling eye and rising wrath Hercules made answer. “Thou wouldst fight with words, like a woman, while I would win by my strength! My right hand is better than my tongue. If thou wouldst have the maiden, then must thou first overcome me in combat.”

Thereupon Acheloüs threw off his raiment and began to prepare himself for the struggle. Hercules took off his garment of beasts’ skins, and cast aside his club. The two then anointed their bodies with oil, and threw yellow sand upon themselves.

They took their places, they attacked, they retired, they rushed again to the conflict. They stood firm, and they yielded not. Long they bravely wrestled and fought; till at length Hercules by his might overcame Acheloüs and bore him to the ground. He pressed him down, and, while the fallen river-god lay panting for breath, the hero seized him by the neck.

Then did Acheloüs have recourse to his magic arts. Transforming himself into a serpent he escaped from the hero. He twisted his body into winding folds, and darted out his forked tongue with frightful hissings.

But Hercules laughed mockingly, and cried out: “Ah, Acheloüs! While yet in my cradle I strangled two serpents! And what art thou compared to the Hydra whose hundred heads I cut off? Every time I cut of I one head two others grew in its place. Yet did I conquer that horror, in spite of its branching serpents that darted from every wound! Thinkest thou, then, that I fear thee, thou mimic snake?” And even as he spake he gripped, as with a pair of pincers, the back of the river-god’s head.

And Acheloüs struggled in vain to escape. Then, again having recourse to his magic, he became a raging bull, and renewed the fight. But Hercules, that mighty hero, threw his huge arms over the brawny neck of the bull, and dragged him about. Then seizing hold of his horns, he bent his head to one side, and bearing down fastened them into the ground. And that was not enough, but with relentless hand he broke one of the horns, and tore it from Acheloüs’s forehead.

The river-god returned to his own shape. He roared aloud with rage and pain, and hiding his mutilated head in his mantle, rushed from the hall and plunged into the swirling waters of his stream.

Then the goddess of Plenty, and all the Wood- Nymphs and Water-Nymphs came forward to greet the conqueror with song and dance. They took the huge horn of Acheloüs and heaped it high with the rich and glowing fruits and flowers of autumn. They wreathed it with vines and with clustering grapes, and bearing it aloft presented it to Hercules and his beautiful bride Deïanira.

And ever since that day has the Horn of Plenty gladdened men’s hearts at Harvest-Time.

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Daily Stuff 11-22-17 Pentacle

Hi, folks!

Holiday Hours! The shop will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving! No Sewing Workshop in the evening, either. We will be open at 10am on both Friday and Saturday and will stay into the evening…. all bets are off on that last, if it’s raining Saturday evening and we don’t see anyone from 6-7pm…. 🙂

It’s raining steadily at the moment and has been since I got up. It’s overcast, 62F with the wind at 3mph, while the offshore buoy is at 18mph. We got over 1/2 an inch of rain, yesterday and should get at least that today, although there’s not much registering on the local gauges, yet.

Yesterday after I got the newsletter out we headed for the shop. I picked the last of the tomatillos that were anywhere near ripe on the way out the door. There are more, but the chances of them surviving to get ripe aren’t too good. I’m tossing the ones that fall off into the buckets and then the plants die back, I’ll cover them with dirt. We’ll see what happens in the spring!

I only had a short while to get a shopping list done for Tempus and to get my things prepped for the evening adventure. We have a cold bag/picnic tote that is my go-to for stuff like this, but I asked Tempus for some “shelves” of cardboard, so that I could keep things level. What I did was load a bunch of small bowls with the various things I wanted tasted (the cheese and the pickles), covered them with the waxed cloth that I did on Sunday, added spoons, and put a “shelf” in on top for the next batch. The final layer was one of the babovki that was in the freezer. I made little banners to put in each bowl, which occasioned some cussing and I tried to cut down the bamboo skewers for that and couple find my right tools. Tempus to the rescue. He knew where they were. I was mostly ready by the time my ride got to the shop, so we loaded up and headed south.

It was a good drive, not too wet and windy, and we talked steadily. We stopped in Florence to get the tire pressure checked and went to get some cheese curds at A&W and they took almost 20 minutes! That’s about double the usual time. Ick…. but we got to the house where the meeting was in good time, even with a delay where a truck and a large house trailer were blocking the highway. Not sure what had happened, but they had folks out blocking traffic while the trailer got backed up off the side road onto the highway.

People mostly liked my various food things and I got some *good* input from a couple of the foodies in the bunch about how to make ’em better. We all talked food and history and hand-work, and sampled some mead that one person brought and some jams that another brought and headed home 9:30-ish. WE mostly had fog rather than rain on the way back, but it was a pretty smooth trip.

I was tired enough that when I was dropped at the shop around 11:30, I didn’t get much done; mostly I worked on the cookbook for the February feast, then copied that to my thumb drive so I could do more on it today.

Tempus was running way late. He got to the shop at 4am when he had just finished the first part of the loop to offload the foodstuffs. He was back for me around 5, and we had a good run, although there was a *whacking* lot more traffic than is normal for the earlier times. We took a few minutes to run out to the spring and then right at the last, Tempus hand-carried a paper in to one of the new starts and talked to them for a bit, while I dozed in the car.

It rained on us, particularly in Bayshore, where it was also windy, but it was getting light by the time we were doing the part out Rt. 34. That meant we got to see what all’s been done with some of the construction and clearing out of spots for new construction.

Today is turkey day prep. It’s going to be just us, but I want to set up a pecan pie to bake, along with the turkey, and Tempus got the ingredients for the cranberry/orange relish that’s our Thanksgiving tradition. We’ve got chores to do and I need Tempus to lug a few of the planter pots to various locations.

This is an Old Farmer’s Almanac Product that caught my eye. I think it’s cute!

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eryngo1I’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.

2911Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval.
Pentacle 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.

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/22 at 3:42pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/26 at 9:03am. 

And by about the 24th, Saturn stands closer over Mercury. Mercury and Saturn (magnitudes –0.4 and +0.5, respectively) are very low in the sunset afterglow — Mercury especially. Scan for them with binoculars in the southwest, no more than 20 or 30 minutes after sunset if you want a chance of catching Mercury.
Two faint fuzzies naked-eye: The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Perseus Double Cluster are two of the most famous deep-sky objects. They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude, and in a fairly good sky you can see both with the unaided eye. They’re located only 22° apart, very high toward the east early these evenings — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. But they look rather different, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself; they’re plotted on the all-sky constellation map in the center of the November Sky & Telescope.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22

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 Sagittarius
Moon in Capricorn
Neptune Direct at 6:21am.
Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – White

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   22     High   3:04 AM     6.7   7:22 AM    Rise 10:46 AM      9
~    22      Low   8:24 AM     3.5   4:43 PM     Set  8:20 PM
~    22     High   2:00 PM     7.5
~    22      Low   9:06 PM     0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The road to success is paved with good intentions.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What was the most interesting name you ever gave to a pet? Explain how you came up with that name. (If you have never had a pet, make up some names for a pet you may have some time in the future.)

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Quotes  

~  The treachery of friend is worse than that of a foe. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.32
~  The Way is not difficult, we only lose ourselves in our choices. By trying to accept this and reject that, our minds never recognize the truth. Do not get carried away by external things. Do not stop either in emptiness. Keep a quiet heart, all duality evaporates spontaneously. – Seng Tsan
~  There is greater consolation than money. – Grettir’s Saga, c.47
~  There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear. – Ben Jonson

Renamed, Reclaimed. By Boone Ogden ©2012

from leaf and bough and needled cone
to earth in shot straight silent line
a droplet forms and spheres and dies
rain dripping its odd tattoo

muttering mists and soaken moss
tumbled stone and mushroom frost
the mountain weeps for its true name
and longs for its remembrance

for many years the mother came
and hand on heart, she kneeled and prayed
her sacred tears, and whispered vows
seeped into nook and crevice

and driven down in long blue lines
deep into earth and rock it pried
her offering to God, divine
her singing slowly filtered

ten thousand years passed slowly by
and others came, and knelt, and cried
for those that were, forgotten lives
their hopeful prayers were mingled

vibrating down through layered rock
became a single soaring song
the rush of air the flight of foam
its humming buzz was roaring

love resonated deep inside
and started touching people’s lives
who blankly stared, and then just cried
at the beauty of the message

and one day soon, the signs of man
will rust and fall with autumns hand
our people’s song, now whole and bright
will bubble to the surface

then thunder round, and geyser out
fly as instant as a shout
and lift our faces, make our minds
return to give us purpose

and at that time, on mountainsides
sweet chanting song and sacred drone
will circle up and spiral out
and cover all the hurting

an end of things, a new rebirth
a lesson that we should have learned
and hands held round each others hearts
now wiser we’ll move forward

the steady drip, a beating heart
of waves and tides and moonlight
now listen close, the song is there
a hummingbird wings flutter

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Magick – Inspiration

17th Century Riddle

I am called by the name of man, yet am as little as the mouse, when winter comes, I love to be, with my red gorget near the house.

NOTE: A gorget is a piece of armor protecting the throat, or an ornamental collar — such as the scarf-like part of a wimple covering (head covering worn by some nuns) the neck and shoulders.

Answer – Robin Redbreast

Heartwings Love Notes 339 Inspiration for Thanksgiving

Heartwings says, “Giving thanks is a wonderful way to recognize the forms and faces of your blessings.”

I begin to dust the objects on my special memento shelf.  The small silver eggcup, a baptismal gift from a godmother who died before I was old enough to remember her is tarnished. Polishing it I think of my mother, a young bride alone in a foreign country. I cherish the love she gave me all those years ago.

Each object holds a special memory: The dollhouse cabinet with tiny rockroses on its miniature shelves, a present from one daughter; matches cleverly painted with a city scene of Florence, souvenir of a trip with my youngest; A painted enameled box from my eldest daughter; a handmade card from my son and his delightful partner; small mementos from loving grandchildren.

I dust the Russian nesting doll I brought back from a trip with my mother to that vast land. Next to it is the small glass bottle for carrot juice that had quenched my thirst on a trip we took to Medjugoria. How sad I was when war tore up that countryside. What memories these two objects hold.

A painted shell calls to mind Stephen’s and my wonderful visit to Nova Scotia. The doll pincushion festooned with costume jewelry pins belonged to Stephen’s grandmother. As I blow the dust from it I feel grateful to her for her loving care of Stephen. The small box covered with delicate embroidery belonging to Stephens’s mother is a precious memory of her lovely smile.

All these and more are a reminder to me of the many blessings that fill my life to overflowing. How thankful I feel for my family, for my friends, and for the life I have led. There have been ups and downs. Dear ones have passed away or vanished. Hopes have been dashed. Yet through it all there is a thread of joy that brightens even dark experiences with the knowledge that always, in all ways, I am blessed. And for this I am ever grateful.

Now and always may you enjoy counting your blessings.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Consider Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life for your holiday giving. For an inscribed copy, directly from the author mail desired dedication plus name address and $15. for media postage and handling to Tasha Halpert P. O. Box  323, Grafton, MA 01519. To sign up for your free weekly Heartwings Love Notes or to catch any you may have missed, click here: www.heartwingslovenotes.com <http://www.heartwingslovenotes.com/> . Also, watch Tasha reading her children’s stories live on YouTube.      

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Daily Stuff 11-21-17 Kukulkan

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:27 PM of -0.1 feet.

It’s warm and wet, almost 58F, with very little wind at the moment. We got 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday and are looking at quite a bit more than that over the next few hours.

After I got the newsletter done yesterday, once I had my coffee and breakfast, I fell asleep in my chair! Tempus found me snoozing and chased me over onto the sofa and I slept until nearly 1pm. Yikes! …but after that I felt better and started pestering him so that we could get some of the necessary stuff done. While he was setting up the back so that we could sort the “feast” dishes, I worked on inventorying the pincushions, after I got a little research/writing done…. that’s the “hind-dune lakes” section below.

…and at about 4:15 the power suddenly went out… it was less than 5 minutes, just enough time for Tempus to go out and see that everyone else was out, too. Someone commented from 4 miles up 34 that it was out up there! …and of course the stoplight started blinking….

I was photographing pincushions and getting that ready to go up online when the power went out, so after I got the computer back up I had to re-type some of the info, but I dind’t lose too much. I kept on going with that, but forgot that I had just opened this file to fill it in, so I’m having to do that today.

Toni came in late in the day and we chatted awhile and then Brandon came back to get his coat and brought me a bottle of Becherovka, bless him! We actually got out of the shop at 7:30 and then spent the evening napping, researching and reading.

Today I’m not sure where Tempus ended up! I think he’s gone out to get the new tire on, but no note …. oh, he just walked back in the door. Ok.

Ah, he went and got that tire fixed. Ok, so first task down. We’re heading for the shop as soon as this is out. I need to set up the “tasting” that I’m doing in Eugene tonight, of some of my pickles and cheese. We’ll be leaving around 4:30, and I have to have my pickles, the dishes to serve ’em in, my cold bag and some embroidery to work on. That shouldn’t take too long to set up.

…and of course, we have the paper route tonight. I’ll get dropped at the shop after the “do” in Eugene and then wait for Tempus to pick me up.

I keep talking about the “hind-dunes lakes”. I’ve had just enough folks ask me “wtf?” that I looked ’em up. The proper term for these is “dune slacks”. There’s a definition about 3/4 of the way down this page: https://geographyas.info/coasts/features-of-deposition/  . Our dunes on the north side of Alsea Bay along the highway are quite old and mature, so the little lakes are all along there. Some of these are really fresh water as streams run into them. Some are more salt. Some are fairly deep, and some are shallow enough (like the marsh in the southern end of Seal Rock) that they’re mostly dry for part of the year.

From 1910. This is the lighthouse on Yaquina Head that is visible from all over. It was *supposed* to have been built on Cape Foulweather, but there were so many problems with getting the supplies up there, that they moved it farther south.

1910 - Foulweather Light Yaquina

Sweet_William dianthus barbatusToday’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

220px-Quetzalcoatl_magliabechiano Day of Kukulkan (Quetzalcoatl); Mayan Kukulkan  – Mayan God from whom the Aztec Quetzalcoatl is derived. – Source of date: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. The feathered serpent is a major god of the Maya. The symbols date back at least 2000 years, but we don’t really know the forms of the worship. So much was destroyed! More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/22 at 3:42pm.  

The crescent Moon passes Mercury and Saturn as it waxes. Thicker and higher in twilight, it points lower right toward Saturn. Mercury again glimmers lower right of Saturn before setting, as shown above.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeast and south these evenings. Neptune is 0.6° south of Lambda Aquarii. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope,Monday, November 20

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22

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 7:05pm.
Moon in Capricorn
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Red

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  21     High   2:23 AM     6.8   7:21 AM    Rise  9:59 AM      4
~    21      Low   7:45 AM     3.3   4:44 PM     Set  7:29 PM
~    21     High   1:25 PM     7.8
~    21      Low   8:27 PM    -0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it. — Chuang-tzu

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Quotes  

~  The lowest fence it the easiest to get across. – Norse Adage
~  The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. – E. E. Cummings
~  The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus
~  The road to success is always under construction. – Lily Tomlin

Standing Tall . . . . . I see You.
Giving in Joy . . .
Receiving in Joy.    .  .  .  .
With Love, committed
to being More Fully Human . . . .
More Fully Alive.

Standing Tall . . . . . You see Me.
Giving in Joy . . .
Receiving in Joy.    .  .  .  .
With Love, committed
to being More Fully Human . . . .
More Fully Alive.

Standing Tall . . . . . I see Me.
Giving in Joy . . .
Receiving in Joy.    .  .  .  .
With Love, committed
to being More Fully Human . . . .
More Fully Alive. – Teddy Bare 10/10/06

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Magick – Prayers for Thanksgiving

Give Thanks

However much or however little you have for your Thanksgiving meal, give thanks that you have a meal.
However warm or however chill your home, give thanks that you have a home.
However sweet or however irritating your family, give thanks that you have a family.
However wise or however stupid our government may be from time to time, give thanks that it is OUR government — that we are free.

An Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. ~ Iroquois Prayer

We Gather Together – Before eating this Thanksgiving, sing this Thanksgiving prayer:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Hear the melody at:
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/w/e/wegattog.htm

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Religious RootDid you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist’s numbing cream during root canal work? He wanted to transcend dental medication!

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Daily Stuff 11-20-17 Praetextatus and Paulina

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Imagine That! Minus Tide at 7:51 PM of -0.3 feet.

As we came over the bridge this morning the clouds were sitting right down into the trees, except out at sea where you could see some stripes of blue. The hind-dunes lakes were like mirrors, but the bay was more like wrinkled metal. 52F and no wind here onshore, although a couple of spots and the offshore buoy are registering in the teens. We’ve gotten most of 1 1/0 of an inch of rain since midnight, mostly in shower form. …Goodness, there’s sun out there! We’re supposed to get a break until this evening from the rain.

Yesterday was a great day! Things ran longer than they should, but that happens, and pretty much everyone was ok with the way it went, or at least they didn’t complain. We got to hang out with a good, longtime friend and meet a couple of new folks, eat some good food and have some great conversations! My kinda day….

We didn’t get up as early as I had hoped, but got to the shop in plenty of time and set right to work, finding things that have gotten scattered, mostly. I made a set of waxed fabric food covers early in the day, since none of the ones that I made a couple of years ago have re-surfaced. Those went onto the bowls of nibbles, mostly.

Brandon and his friends got there mid-afternoon and the others got there not too much later. The Newport contingent didn’t showed up between work and not feeling so hot. We sat and chatted and nibbled for quite awhile, then Brandon went over to the store for some ingredients for his stew and got it cooked. It took awhile, but we eventually ate that, too.

My cheese was a hit and the rabbit pie went over well, and I got some good feedback on the pickled things I’ve been making, so I was pretty happy.

I’m going to have to finish this at the shop. I’m still home, being a little lazy, even if I’m up too early. We’re trying to get up the oomph to head to the shop. 🙂

…ok, so we’re at the shop and open. Looks like someone in Brandon’s group left a coat, so they’re headed back here. 🙂 Tempus is making coffee and I’m going to have to get the salsa finished today. I ended up harvesting some tomatillos this morning, again. I don’t think the rest are going to ripen and many are falling off the plants, now.

I also slipped and slid my way over to the upper garden. Things are looking pretty good, there, but some of those radishes are never going to have a bulb….

Kristie’s sister Crossed last night. We’re thinking about her as she tries to do all the necessary things after a death in the family.

So today the youngsters are on the way back, since a coat got left…. We have some cleanup to do and we’re probably going to spend some time sorting out the kind of dishes and serving utensils that we use for things like this. I’m hoping to get some licks in on writing and maybe… maybe… finally…. start the inventory….

One of the things you can’t plan…. This was a pro baby portrait shoot outdoors and the deer wandered up to see what was going on. Imagine That Photography

Baby Deer autumn wise

A Neo-Platonist Basilica?  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12005864/Secret-pagan-basilica-in-Rome-emerges-from-the-shadows-after-2000-years.html

motif plant flower lupin lupineLupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly.220px-Kincaid'sLupine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus  We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.

220px-Porticus_Deorum_ConsentiumPraetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/22 at 3:42pm.  

astro

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22

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
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 11:14pm.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Ivory

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   20     High   1:43 AM     6.9   7:20 AM    Rise  9:07 AM      1
~    20      Low   7:09 AM     3.0   4:44 PM     Set  6:44 PM
~    20     High  12:52 PM     8.1
~    20      Low   7:51 PM    -0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sap from the maple tree flows faster before a rain shower.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it. — Chuang-tzu

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Quotes  

~  The best way to predict the future is to create now. – Veronica H. Fitzhugh
~  The big thing is that you know what you want. – E. Nightingale
~  The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.  – Classic Quotes by Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~  The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot

Springing Into Fall

We welcome well the warm of Spring,
Complaining when it’s cool.
In Fall, we say chase frost away,
And turn our thoughts to school.
When Winter comes, we have no choice
So too with Summer’s heat.
At least with Fall and Spring it’s true
The weather’s not concrete.
Weather it is, no choice is there
Balmy, cold or hot-
Whatever the elements have to share
Is precisely what we’ve got! – By Tasha Halpert   www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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Magick – 

Thanksgiving Turkey Fruit and Yogurt Dip – Keep the kids happy with this sweet and fruity Thanksgiving snack while you finish making the big holiday feast. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/thanksgiving-turkey-fruit-and-yogurt-dip/b3d8673d-4d3f-49ab-8218-3f9693bba0ac

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 container (5.3 oz) Yoplait® Greek yogurt (any flavor)
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 medium red apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium green apple, cut into thin slices
  • 2 chocolate chips
  • 2 tiny pretzel sticks

Directions

  1. Remove cover from yogurt.
  2. On large serving platter, place yogurt cup.
  3. Cut pear in half lengthwise through stem.
  4. Cut 1 slice lengthwise about 1/2-inch thick for body of turkey.
  5. Thinly slice remaining pear for feathers.
  6. Cut shapes out of small apple slice to make turkey’s beak and wattle.
  7. Arrange pear and apple slices around yogurt cup for feathers.
  8. Place pear slice on top of yogurt cup.
  9. Garnish with apple pieces for beak and wattle, chocolate chips for eyes and pretzel sticks for legs.

Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.

Tip – For a more decorative display, spoon the yogurt from the container into a small bowl.

Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.

2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. By Kathy

Make a PUMPKIN CAKE

Mix the cake according to directions on the box.
Pour the cake mix into ONE cupcake liner.
Pour the rest of the cake mix into the bundt cake pan, coating the pan as directed on the box.
Bake according to the directions on the box, making sure you don’t over bake the cupcake.
Let cool.
Mix up a small amount of frosting in one mixing bowl using green food coloring.
Mix up the rest of the frosting in another mixing bowl using red and yellow food coloring to create orange.
Frost the cake with the orange frosting.
Frost the cupcake on the sides and bottom with the green frosting.
Place the cupcake, bottom side up, on the top of the cake.
Makes a nice table decoration.

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Daily Stuff 11-19-17 Man in the Iron Mask

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:16 PM of -0.4 feet. House Capuchin Monthly Potluck today.

The sky has been raked into lumpy windrows of cloud. It’s all slate blue, yellow and wispy white with a hint of sky behind. 50F and the wind at 2mph, but there’s weather moving in later today. High wind warning starting at 4pm. It’s supposed to start mid-afternoon with showers and wind and then rain and wind going on into the night and tomorrow.

Herbs was fun, yesterday. We made winter pickle of red cabbage and added some things to the other pickles that are in the fridge, discussing how to spice that all the while. After that I took a break while Tempus cleaned up a bit and warmed the rabbit pie filling enough so that the juice came out. Eventually we got the carrots cooked, the rabbit de-boned and it all mixed back up. Around 5pm we were starting to actually set up the pies and then baked them at home and they took until midnight!

We had a few people in during the day, but it was very quiet. Mostly it was people that we know, except for a few, once Taco Loco opened for business.

Sewing was just me, working on embroidery, and Tempus talking with me about how to raise my embroidery stand so I can actually see the work.

Mary Cedarwolf stopped by late in the afternoon to drop off a couple of jars of grape juice that she had put up from her own grapes. It was good to see her for a bit. We got a chance to chat and then it was back to the pies.

Ken Gagne pic from 11/18/16 “On my way back from a fishing trip this is what the Newport North Jetty was looking like with huge waves crashing up against the rocks.”

111815 Ken Gagne Newport North Jetty

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis(which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the spring. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

Masque_de_fer_selon_Warin 11-19-13 Iron MaskThe Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/22 at 3:42pm.  

The crescent Moon passes Mercury and Saturn as it waxes. A mere 20 or 30 minutes after sunset, scan with binoculars just above the southwest horizon for the crescent Moon and Mercury, as shown in the middle panel here. They’re about 8° or 9° apart (for North America). Saturn is to Mercury’s upper left. While twilight is still bright, look low in the southwest for the waxing crescent Moon. Left of it by about 3° (for North America) is Saturn. No more than 20 or 30 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to hunt for Mercury 7° or 8° below them, as shown in the middle panel above.
Orion is clearing the eastern horizon by 8 p.m. this week (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). His three-star belt is nearly vertical. High above Orion shines orange Aldebaran. Above Aldebaran is the little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Far left of Aldebaran and the Pleiades shines bright Capella.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter (magnitudes –3.9, +1.7, and –1.7, respectively) rise before or during dawn in the east-southeast. First up is Mars, the dimmest. As Mars gains altitude, find Spica below or lower left of it. Jupiter comes into view well to their lower left as dawn begins. Venus rises lower left of Jupiter as dawn grows bright. The separation of these two brightest planets is rapidly widening: from 5° on the morning of the 18th to 13° on the 25th. Jupiter is getting higher daily; Venus is sinking ever lower.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
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
Moon in Sagittarius
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Amber

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  19     High   1:04 AM     6.9   7:18 AM    Rise  8:12 AM      0
~    19      Low   6:33 AM     2.7   4:45 PM     Set  6:03 PM
~    19     High  12:21 PM     8.3
~    19      Low   7:16 PM    -0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Buy Your Self Flowers.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – What do you feel is your greatest success?

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Quotes  

~  Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals. – Jim Rohn.
~  Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. – Reed Markham
~  Successfully creating your own reality is not so much about enhancing what you already have as it is expanding what you are. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. – Author Unknown

Star-Talk

‘Are you awake, Gemelli,
This frosty night?’
‘We’ll be awake till reveille.
Which is Sunrise,’ say the Gemelli,
‘It’s no good trying to go to sleep:
If there’s wine to be got we’ll drink it deep,
But sleep is gone for to-night,
But sleep is gone for to-night.’

‘Are you cold too, poor Pleiads,
This frosty night?’
‘Yes, and so are the Hyads:
See us cuddle and hug,’ say the Pleiads,
‘All six in a ring: it keeps us warm:
We huddle together like birds in a storm:
It’s bitter weather to-night,
It’s bitter weather to-night.’

‘What do you hunt, Orion,
This starry night?’
‘The Ram, the Bull and the Lion,
And the Great Bear,’ says Orion,
‘With my starry quiver and beautiful belt
I am trying to find a good thick pelt
To warm my shoulders to-night,
To warm my shoulders to-night.’

‘Did you hear that, Great She-bear,
This frosty night?’
‘Yes, he’s talking of stripping me bare
Of my own big fur,’ says the She-bear,
‘I’m afraid of the man and his terrible arrow:
The thought of it chills my bones to the marrow,
And the frost so cruel to-night!
And the frost so cruel to-night!’

‘How is your trade, Aquarius,
This frosty night?’
‘Complaints is many and various
And my feet are cold,’ says Aquarius,
‘There’s Venus objects to Dolphin-scales,
And Mars to Crab-spawn found in my pails,
And the pump has frozen to-night,
And the pump has frozen to-night.’ – Graves, Robert (1895-1985)

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Magick – Quiz

LittleExplorers.com – Thanksgiving Word Quiz
Find it! in Little Explorers

Use the Little Explorers picture dictionary to answer the following questions.

  1. This word starts with a “P.” These European settlers moved to North America in 1620. What were they called? __________________________
  2. This word starts with an “M.” It is the name of the ship these settlers sailed in. What is it? ___________________________
  3. This word starts with an “A.” It is the name of the ocean that these settlers crossed. What is it called? _________________________
  4. This word starts with an “M.” It is the name of the state containing the location where the settlers landed and lived. What is its name? _________________________
  5. This phrase starts with an “N.” These people have lived in the Americas for thousands of years. One group celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the new European settlers. What is their name? ______________________ _____________________
  6. This word starts with an “F.” It is the name of the season in which Thanksgiving is celebrated. What is it? ____________________
  7. This word starts with an “M.” After giving thanks, people celebrate Thanksgiving by having a big ________________
  8. This word starts with a “T.” It is a bird that is commonly eaten on Thanksgiving Day. What is it? ___________________________
  9. This word starts with a “C.” It is a vegetable that was first grown by Native Americans and was later used by the European settlers. What is it called? _____________________________
  10. This word starts with an “S.” It is a also a vegetable first grown by Native Americans and was used by the European settlers. What is it called? __________________

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Daily Stuff 11-18-17 Ardvi Sura

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. Minus Tide at 6:41 PM of -0.4 feet.

There’s bright sunshine and a lot of high cloud. We’ve got another weather system coming in tomorrow, a front, it looks like. It’s 45F and there’s little wind. We got less than 1/10 of an inch of rain, yesterday.

Yesterday was a long day. Both Tempus and  I were pretty tired and had to get naps during the day. Tempus worked in back. I never got to my chores back there. I’m trying to get caught up on stock that needs to be checked in, but most of my afternoon was working on the cookbook that I’m putting together for next February. Class went well in the evening. We’re going to be starting the history section next week.

We didn’t get out the shop until nearly 11 and that was it for the evening. It had cleared up and the stars were bright. Orion was climbing up beyond the eastern trees and the Pleiades were right overhead.

We’re a little early at the shop this morning, trying to get things ready for the Herbs workshop and some of the cookery that needs to happen today. Herbs is going to be on using herbs and spices in pickling. We’ll actually be making a cabbage pickle. Sewing is a BYoP.

 

Featured photo is 11/21/15 North Fork Yachats River by Ken Gagne

So, the Flanders PoppyPapaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then willflower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. plant flower poppy Papaver_rhoeas_LC0050It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae

300px-Statue_of_Anahita_in_MaraghaFeast 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

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 11/18 at 3:42am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 3:42am on 11/18. Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19.

The crescent Moon passes Mercury and Saturn as it waxes. New Moon (exact at 6:42 a.m. EST).
Around 7 p.m. this week, the Great Square of Pegasus stands in its level position very high toward the south. (It’s straight overhead if you’re as far south as Miami.) Its right (western) side points very far down toward Fomalhaut. Its eastern side points less directly toward Beta Ceti, not as far down.
Looking lower: If you have a good view to a dark south horizon — and if you’re not much farther north than roughly New York, Denver, or Madrid — picture an equilateral triangle with Fomalhaut and Beta Ceti as its top two corners. Near where the third corner would be is Alpha Phoenicis, or Ankaa, in the constellation Phoenix. It’s magnitude 2.4, not very bright but the brightest thing in its area. It has a yellow-orange tint; binoculars help to check. Have you ever seen anythingof the constellation Phoenix before?
Around 8 p.m., depending on where you are, zero-magnitude Capella >>> rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Astrolabe not required. . . but it might help.
Mercury and Saturn (magnitudes –0.4 and +0.5, respectively) are very low in the sunset afterglow — Mercury especially. Scan for them with binoculars in the southwest, no more than 20 or 30 minutes after sunset if you want a chance of catching Mercury.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
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
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 10:59am.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Indigo

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  18     High  12:23 AM     6.9   7:17 AM    Rise  7:14 AM      0
~    18      Low   5:57 AM     2.5   4:46 PM     Set  5:26 PM
~    18     High  11:49 AM     8.4
~    18      Low   6:41 PM    -0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – When do you think about your regrets the most often?

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Quotes  

~  People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. – Author Unknown
~  We are these sleepers, waking from long night. We are anointed ones who claim this sun. Dawn now. Shine now. Burn brightly. Live. – T. Thorn Coyle
~  Some will certainly use any excuse that they can – Gwydion
~  Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well. – Unknown

NOVEMBER IN THE MARSHES,

The reeds that were so tall and slim,

And grew so straight awhile ago,
Will bow their heads before the grim

Old monitor that warns of snow.
Already has the goldenrod

Its jewels cast unto the breeze,
And the cottonweed with blackened pod

Weeps mutely near the willow trees.

Yet o’er the marsh a glory flies

As, shimmering in the misty gleam,
The gossamer’s filmy meshes rise

Like motes that dance in a sunbeam ;
And to the mind this fancy comes,

That haply o’er those silver threads
Some telegraphic elf-news hums

Its way to insect hearts and heads.

Through the wide reaches frequent rings

The sharp crack of the fowler’s gun ;
From the marsh-pond the wildduck springs,

The plover’s wings flash in the sun ;
Unto the city gunner’s shot

Small warblers in the sedges fall.
” All’s meat that comes unto his pot,”

The little brown marsh-wren and all.

O’er these low meadows hangs a spell
That holds a strange, poetic charm :

I hear it in the far cowbell,
As vagrant cattle seek the farm.

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Magick – Turkey Day Bits

Did you Know?
Thanksgiving – November 28, 2002 (This was from a newsletter, now defunct)
The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.

Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.

By the mid-1800s, many states observed a Thanksgiving holiday. Poet and editor Sarah J. Hale lobbyied for a national Thanksgiving holiday. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation, discussed the subject with Hale. In 1863 he gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.

In 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.

Did you Know?
A lot of what we learned in grade school and even high school is “history made simple.” Here is some information about Pilgrims you may not know.

“Mainstream Englishmen considered the Pilgrims to be deliberate religious dropouts who intended to found a new nation completely independent from non-Puritan England. In 1643 the Puritan/Pilgrims declared themselves an independent confederacy, one hundred and forty- three years before the American Revolution. They believed in the imminent occurrence of Armegeddon in Europe and hoped to establish here in the new world the “Kingdom of God” foretold in the book of Revelation. They diverged from their Puritan brethren who remained in England only in that they held little real hope of ever being able to successfully overthrow the King and Parliament and, thereby, impose their “Rule of Saints” (strict Puritan orthodoxy) on the rest of the British people. So they came to America not just in one ship (the Mayflower) but in a hundred others as well….”

The Puritans were not just simple religious conservatives persecuted by the King and the Church of England for their unorthodox beliefs. They were political revolutionaries who not only intended to overthrow the government of England, but who actually did so in 1649! (To learn about that, read about Cromwell who became, “Lord Protector of England.”)

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. The only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources.

Did you Know?
Foods that were available to the pilgrims at the time were:
SEAFOOD: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
WILD FOWL: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
MEAT: Venison, Seal
GRAIN: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
VEGETABLES: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
FRUIT: Plums, Grapes
NUTS: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
HERBS and SEASONINGS: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips

Foods that may not have been available were:
HAM: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.
SWEET POTATOES/POTATOES: These were not common. (Southern food.)
CORN ON THE COB: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
CRANBERRY SAUCE: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
PUMPKIN PIE: It’s not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
CHICKEN/EGGS: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it’s unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
MILK: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it’s possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Batman
I went to dinner with my husband, a male friend of ours, Jim, and his new girlfriend, Dorothy.
While eating dinner we got on the subject of vacations. Dorothy said that she wanted to go to Gotham City for her next vacation.
I tried to explain to her that it wasn’t a real place. She laughed and said “It is, too. It’s where Batman lives”.
I laughed and looked over at Jim who smiled and told me she was serious. I then tried to explain. “Batman does not exist. Why do you think there have been four of them: Bale, Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton?”
She looked me straight in the eye and said, “That’s because he doesn’t want anyone to know who he really is.”

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Daily Stuff 11-17-17 Leonids

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at  of  feet. Wicca 101, 7pm!

There are large swathes of sky that are a clear, pale blue, but equally large swathes of lumpy grey. There’s plenty of sunshine, despite the clouds, but it’s chilly, 46F. There’s almost no wind, not even the skeleton of my poor dried-up petunia is shivering. We got 1/4 inch of rain, yesterday, but 1.5 inches on Wednesday! I didn’t quite realized how much, even with the drownpour we went through in Bayshore. At this point, it ought to be dry into Sunday, so we’ve got a short break.

Yesterday started so late that it seemed like there wasn’t much left of the day! After I got the newsletter out I got the Shoyeido order priced, inventoried and onto the tables, then the pottery ditto. I was waiting for the make-up person to come back… but she didn’t ,so around 4:30 I started on some of the cookery, and discovered that I had no tools, so after draining the salsa I had to wait.

Tempus went out to work on the car and discovered that the woggling that I’ve been complaining about was a *flat* spot in a tire. Never seen one of those…. but he was going to have to run on it, so switched it to the back, where if it blew it wasn’t going to ditch him. …and if it did, hopefully it would not be raining fishhooks and hammer handles!

I sat down to do a little embroidery until my eyes refused so I worked in back until my back did. <sigh> That meant sitting at the computer and working on this newsletter! Tempus was running in and out because he had started a bread loaf earlier and forgotten about it!

We had a fellow come in who is from Norway who ended up talking movies. He’s also dealing with bad tires and originally came in looking for advice….and the drained salsa got put back, ‘coz I still didn’t have tools. Tempus dropped me at home and took off for Newport at about 8:45, but by 11, he still hadn’t started the papers. It wasn’t until past 1 when he got on the road! I was done with my cookbook editing by that point and went to sleep.

…or tried… what is it about coming up on the Dark of the Moon that I end up with nightmares? I’ll jump awake an lie there for hours sometimes. Well he got in at 7:15.

Today I’m hoping that I can do some cookery in the morning and then will have that catch-up class to do in the afternoon. Wicca 101, still on Lesson 1 tonight at 7pm!

About the Leonids – https://www.space.com/38804-leonid-meteor-shower-2017-peaks-now.html

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.” 🙂

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plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys 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.

LeoThe Leonid meteor shower happens around this time each year. The radiant is the constellation Leo and they’re associated with the comet Temple/Tuttle (many meteor showers are “leftovers” from comets) The peak of Leonid’s visibility is around November 17. There is a spike every 33 years above the normal levels of about 50 ‘shooting stars’ an hour. More here: and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Holiday Hours! We will be closed on 11/23 for Thanksgiving, but open early on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, both days as 10am and we’ll stay open into the evening, both days. We will be closed both December 25 and January 1, as well, and will close either on time or a little earlier on December 31. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 11/18 at 3:42am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 3:42am on 11/18. 

Two challenge planets! As twilight fades, look low in the southwest for Saturn and Mercury, as shown here. They’re about a fist at arm’s length apart. Binoculars help.
With the Moon not yet back in the evening sky, take advantage of the dark nights to explore the galaxies inside the northwest corner of the Great Square of Pegasus — they’re magnitudes 11 to 13 — using your 6-inch or larger scope and Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, chart and photos in the November Sky & Telescope, page 55. For a deeper challenge with a large scope, tackle the rich Abell 194 galaxy cluster in Cetus using Ken Hewitt-White’s Going Deep column and photos on page 58.
Mercury (magnitude –0.3) is emerging very low in the sunset afterglow. Scan for it with binoculars 20 or 30 minutes after sunset, just above the southwest horizon.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
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
Moon in Scorpio
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Purple

Planting 11/16-17

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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

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   17      Low   5:19 AM     2.2   7:16 AM    Rise  6:14 AM      2
~    17     High  11:17 AM     8.4   4:47 PM     Set  4:53 PM
~    17      Low   6:06 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Wisdom grows from roots of Compassion

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – To whom do you talk when you have a problem?

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Quotes  

~  Often a man becomes brave in dire straits, who is not brave most other times. – Eyrbyggja Saga, c.18
~  One may defeat a thousand obstacles and adversaries, yet those who defeat the enemies within are the noblest victors. – Shakyamuni
~  Parents must, through example, empower children. J Nelson
~  People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. – John C. Maxwell

INDIAN SUMMER

E’en in these bleak November days
There’s gladness for the heart that heeds.
The marsh to me no gloom conveys,
Though the grey frost be on the weeds. – CHARLES DAWSON SHANLY

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Magick – Thanksgiving Stories

THE PUMPKIN PIRATES – A TALE FROM LUCIAN BY ALFRED J. CHURCH [ADAPTED]

ONCE upon a time, one Lucian the Greek was filled with a desire to see strange countries, and especially to discover whether there was any opposite shore to the ocean by which he lived.

So having purchased a vessel, he strengthened it for a voyage, that he knew would without doubt be long and stormy. Then he chose fifty stout young fellows having the same love of adventure as himself, and next he hired the best captain that could be got for money, and put a store of provisions and water on board.

All this being done, he set sail. For many days he and his companions voyaged on deep waters and in strange seas. At times the wind was fair and gentle, and at others it blew so hard that the sea rose in a terrible manner.

One day there came a violent whirlwind which twisted the ship about, and, lifting it into the air, carried it upward into the sky, until it reached the Moon. There Lucian and his comrades disembarked and visited the inhabitants of Moonland. They took part in a fierce battle between the Moon-Folk, the Sun-Folk, and an army of Vulture- Horsemen; and, after many other wonderful adventures, they departed from Moonland, and sailing through the sky, visited the Morning Star. Then the wind dropping, the ship settled once more upon the sea, and they sailed on the water.

One morning the wind began to blow vehemently, and they were driven by storm for days. On the third day they fell in with the Pumpkin Pirates. These were savages who were wont to sally forth from the islands that lay in the seas thereabouts, and plunder them that sailed by.

For ships they had large pumpkins, each being not less than ninety feet in length. These pumpkins they dried, and afterward dug out all the inner part of them till they were quite hollow. For masts they had reeds, and for sails, in the place of canvas, pumpkin leaves.

These savages attacked Lucian’s vessel with two ships’ or rather two pumpkins’ crews, and wounded many of his company. For stones they used the pumpkin-seeds, which were about the bigness of a large apple.

Lucian’s company fought for some time, without gaining the advantage, when about noon they saw coming toward them, in the rear of the Pumpkin Pirates, the Nut-Shell Sailors. These two tribes were at war with each other.

As soon as the Pumpkin Pirates saw the others approaching, they left off fighting Lucian’s crew, and prepared to give battle to the Nut-Shell Sailors. When Lucian saw this he ordered the captain to set all sails; and they departed with speed. But looking back he could see that the Nut-Shell Sailors had the best of the battle, being superior in numbers, having five crews against two of the Pumpkin Pirates, and also because their ships were stronger. As for their ships, they were the shells of nuts which had been split in half, each measuring fifteen fathoms, or thereabouts.

As soon as the Pumpkin Pirates and the Nut- Shell Sailors were out of sight, Lucian set himself to dressing the wounds of his injured companions.

And from that time on both Lucian and his crew wore their armor continually, not knowing when another strange enemy might come upon them.

THE SPIRIT OF THE CORN – AN IROQUOIS LEGEND
BY HARRIET MAXWELL CONVERSE [ADAPTED]

THERE was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not needful to plant the corn- seed nor to hoe the fields, for the corn sprang up of itself, and filled the broad meadows. Its stalks grew strong and tall, and were covered with leaves like waving banners, and filled with ears of pearly grain wrapped in silken green husks.

In those days Onatah, the Spirit of the Corn, walked upon the earth. The sun lovingly touched her dusky face with the blush of the morning, and her eyes grew soft as the gleam of the stars on dark streams. Her night-black hair was spread before the breeze like a wind-driven cloud.

As she walked through the fields, the corn, the Indian maize, sprang up of itself from the earth and filled the air with its fringed tassels and whispering leaves. With Onatah walked her two sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and the Bean. As they passed by, squash-vines and bean-plants grew from the corn-hills.

One day Onatah wandered away alone in search of early dew. Then the Evil One of the earth, Hahgwehdaetgah, followed swiftly after. He grasped her by the hair and dragged her beneath the ground down to his gloomy cave. Then, sending out his fire-breathing monsters, he blighted Onatah’s grain. And when her sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and the Bean, saw the flame- monsters raging through the fields, they flew far away in terror.

As for poor Onatah, she lay a trembling captive in the dark prison-cave of the Evil One. She mourned the blight of her cornfields, and sorrowed over her runaway sisters.    “O warm, bright sun!” she cried, “if I may walk once more upon the earth, never again will I leave my corn!”

And the little birds of the air heard her cry, and winging their way upward they carried her vow and gave it to the sun as he wandered through the blue heavens.

The sun, who loved Onatah, sent out many searching beams of light. They pierced through the damp earth, and entering the prison-cave, guided her back again to her fields.

And ever after that she watched her fields alone, for no more did her sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and Bean, watch with her. If her fields thirsted, no longer could she seek the early dew. If the flame-monsters burned her corn, she could not search the skies for cooling winds. And when the great rains fell and injured her harvest, her voice grew so faint that the friendly sun could not hear it.

But ever Onatah tenderly watched her fields and the little birds of the air flocked to her service. They followed her through the rows of corn, and made war on the tiny enemies that gnawed at the roots of the grain.

And at harvest-time the grateful Onatah scattered the first gathered corn over her broad lands, and the little birds, fluttering and singing, joyfully partook of the feast spread for them on the meadow-ground.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snickers – The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the pumpernickle.

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