It’s quite clear at the moment. The only cloud I see is a dull grey blue with red streaks in a colorless sky. The sun isn’t due to get up for another 40 minutes. It’s 36F and the next-door roof is frosted.
Yesterday got complicated…. as often happens on Tuesdays, we slept in, getting up at various times, but not actually getting and staying out of bed until about noon. We had a good brunch, starting with coffee and cereal and going on to eggs and bacon and orange rolls and ended up with watermelon almost 2 hours later…..
I worked on newsletter set-up during the afternoon and when finished going on into website changes/updates and writing. Tempus made bread and worked in the kitchen, finally heading out to do car maintenance in the late afternoon.
We went down to the park for sunset. After that, Tempus went back to work on fixing his flattening tire. It turned out to have a piece of white stone shaped exactly like an arrow point embedded in it.
Today we’re heading for Newport to be on the air at 9am. From there we’re heading up to the JoAnn’s in Lincoln City because my needles for the kits didn’t arrive. <grr> I’ll be picking up just enough to finish the pre-order kits so those can be mailed quickly. I’ll probably be hunting around a bit, too, to see the newest fabric designs and see what’s in the budget section! … Tempus is going to be with me, so I can’t go overboard. It’s relatively safe. 🙂
After that we gotta come home, work on putting the last of the pre-orders together and then during the afternoon, work outside during Herbs Outdoors. There really hasn’t been anyone showing up recently, so assuming that the weather permits we’re probably just going to be cutting things back. Then this evening, the esbat where we burn the Year Tree is happening.
<<<< We don’t have things set up this way anymore, but we *do* have baskets. The two sizes here are $10 or $12 and $35, but we have them ranging in price from $10-$100… and that $100 one is a *big* basket!
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’ll be closing at sunset as that creeps backwards to 5pm. 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 at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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 11/1 at 4:50am PST. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 11/1 at 4:50pm.
Have a really big scope? Have you ever really explored the Great Andromeda galaxy? Now you can; see Alan Whitman’s Going Deep column and detailed photo-charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 59, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201311/ including dozens of open and globular clusters to 15th magnitude and fainter. Even a 6-inch scope can show one of them, NGC 206.
Comet ISON is below Mars, in the hind feet of Leo, before the first light of dawn, still a telescopic target at 9th or 10th magnitude. Use the finder chart for it in the November Sky & Telescope, page 50. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201311/ Check for news atskypub.com/ISON. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/Comet-ISON-Updates-193909261.html
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
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 Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 30 Low 3:50 AM 1.6 7:52 AM Rise 3:37 AM 23
~ 30 High 10:10 AM 7.2 6:08 PM Set 4:04 PM
~ 30 Low 4:41 PM 1.6
~ 30 High 10:33 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are two classes of people–those who have ulcers and those who give them.
~ If you can’t change your mind, are you sure you still have one? – Russ Kick (Outposts)
~ All we are saying is give peace a chance. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter
~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
~ Using all of what you are is the basis of your power. – Kerr Cuhulain
Ice before Martinmas,
Enough to bear a duck.
The rest of winter,
Is sure to be but muck! – English traditional proverb
Magick – DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS – Written by Kym Klass http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020330/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Mexican-celebration-honoring-loved-ones-spreads-throughout-US
The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:
Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds
Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light
Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art
Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar
Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on
Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico
<<<<<<<<<<<<Day of the Dead altars often include photographs of deceased family members, flowers and skeleton imagery. / MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER <<
They honor the dead in respectful celebration.
At burial sites, or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.
“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Pamela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favorite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”
The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tradition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coincide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.
“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversity. But it’s about getting to know them and understanding what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”
Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful celebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.
Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.
The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.
But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.
For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.
“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.
“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the Hispanic immigrant community.”
And it is a day Long said students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.
“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”
Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.
Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.
“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spirituality to it. I think it has a different flavor altogether.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.