Blessed Samhain to you all! May the Wheel Turn smoothly for you!
Below this note, there’s a time-sensitive workshop announcement. Time sensitive = Tomorrow!
It’s very grey this morning. There’s a gentle drip from the porch roof and the colors are intense. The rugosa is mostly yellow and beginning to lose leaves, so the hips on it are beginning to show up brilliantly red. It’s 50F, quite a lot warmer than it’s been, and that’s welcome.
Tempus and I were both *really* tired yesterday morning, but we got up and going, anyway. The first stop was in Newport. I was on the radio! On News/Talk, 1230AM KCUP, and if you want to listen to the show, you can find it here: http://www.kcup.net/pod/wednesday/WaldportTodayWithKathyAmick10.30.13.mp3
From there we headed up to Lincoln City and to JoAnn’s. With my order not showing up on time I needed some supplies to finish up the pre-ordered kits. I also got Tempus and me each a Lindor truffle…. wow, those are good!
On the way back I was able to stay awake more and managed to get a chance to look at birds in the wildlife refuge along the Siletz Bay. Seagulls were congregating in every patch of sand that wasn’t underwater and in most of the places that were only shallow! There were thousands of ’em in the bay. Storm coming in?
There were also a couple of egrets. Those are *huge* white birds and one was sitting in a tree above the water, wings partly spread. The other was standing in shallow water, looking at the seagulls and shaking its head. 🙂 It always shocks me to see them in trees, since they’re so big, and I’m not used to water birds that like trees, but I guess in our area it makes sense. Where I grew up, on the Chesapeake Bay, ospreys build nests on things like the navigational masts and even lighthouses. You *never* see them in a tree, but occasionally on light poles, so it’s still startling to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Egret
There’s a section of Highway 101 along the Beverly/Moolack beach… on the Moolack side…. where the highway was actually moved over by its full width a number of years ago. Going past it today, there’s a spot where a truck-sized chunk of pavement had dropped 6 feet! ….and there were trying to mend that? There’s another spot where there was quite a bit of equipment working with gravel and rock, trying to shore up the roadbed. Urk!
When we got home, both of us conked out for awhile, but I was up with insides that were going on strike…. Dunno why. I guess I ate something that upset things…. but it put paid to my going to esbat. So I worked on the website updates and getting the “bits” done for the kits.
I’m going to be home today. My insides are *not* happy. I almost feel like I have the flu or something. Oh, that wouldn’t be fun, at all….
Tempus is still asleep. He’ll be at the shop, later, so I’m going to have to wake him as soon as this goes out. He’s going to have to run to the PO, pick up some supplies from the shop and come back and then run back down! Well, the car will do the running, but….
An interesting Wikipedia article for today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malkin_Tower
This is one of the designs that’s up on Cafe Press that just seems to be appropriate for today! http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/6233789
“We are the flow and we are the ebb,
We are the Weavers, we are the Web!”
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.
“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
The shop opens at 11am! 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,
This is tomorrow!!!!!!
From SeaHeart, the community garden person
This coming Friday (Nov 1), from 3-5pm, I am hosting a seed saving workshop at my home and site of beginning permaculture food forest. Seed-saving is an art and salvation in this time when having determination over the viability, authenticity, and variety of seed adapted to our coastal environment may be (shall I dare say it) critical to our survival?
Anyhow, I have been a longtime soil builder, wildcrafter, and plant propagator and my mission / passion is to live in a community that is nourished by its food literacy, local production and sustainability. In contrast to saving seed as a community (how we can cooperate to produce quality open-pollinated seed) is this horrendous state legislature “Monsanto protection act” declaring state pre-eminence in all matters having to do with seed and all the products thereof…
Join me this Friday at my homebase to gain and share skills in harvest, drying, cleaning and storing of seed.
RSVP for directions / or to indicate interest in future workshops. There is no fee for this workshop, but donations would be gratefully accepted.
Happy drying of the seed-pods, in the waning hours,
******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.
Halloween is moonless this year. Spot Venus in the southwest as twilight fades, and Vega very high in the west after dark. Higher above Vega is Deneb. A greater distance to Vega’s left, look for Altair.
Algol, the Demon Star, is at minimum light in eclipse for a couple hours centered on 10:35 p.m. EDT.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Gemini) rises in the east-northeast around 10 or 11 p.m. and blazes high in the south by early dawn. About 8° left of it after it rises are Castor and Pollux. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to 41 arcseconds wide, as it heads toward its January 5th opposition. Its Great Red Spot has turned an unusually strong shade of orange.
Space Weather News for Oct. 22, 2013 – http://spaceweather.com
A COMET EXPLODES: Amateur astronomers are reporting a 100-fold outburst of brightness from Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR). Images reveal a spherical shell of gas that reminds observers of Comet 17P/Holmes, which exploded in 2007. So far the comet is too dim for naked-eye viewing, but at magnitude +8.5 it is bright enough for imaging by backyard telescopes.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos and more information.
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.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 31 Low 4:34 AM 1.7 7:53 AM Rise 4:42 AM 15
31 High 10:46 AM 7.7 6:07 PM Set 4:33 PM
31 Low 5:23 PM 0.9
31 High 11:25 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen… And This Kitchen Is Delirious [I made this into a poster to hang in ours!]
~ Magic is the inexplicable manifestation of an intention. – Ian Xel Lungold
~ Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann
~ Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ The Warrior must be spontaneous and fluid rather than a creature of habit or tradition. – Kerr Cuhulain
I reached Britain with the leading vessels at about 9 a.m., and saw the enemy forces standing under arms all along the heights. At this point of the coast precipitous cliffs tower over the water, making it possible to fire from above directly on to the beaches. ‘It was clearly no place to attempt a landing, so we rode at anchor until about 3.30 p.m., awaiting the rest of the fleet. During this interval I summoned my staff and company commanders, passed on to them the information obtained by Volusenus, and explained my plans. – Julius Caesar, whose invasionary force landed on the coast of Britain on August 27, 55 BCE
Magick – Samhain Crafts
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrange the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
Magick Mirror (For Samhain)
- A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
- A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
- Black enamel paint
- Divination herbs
Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
Ritual use: The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.