Daily Stuff 9-29-14 Michaelmas

weather Raincoat62F and pouring…. This rain was supposed to be here last night, and we had a beautiful afternoon and evening, and then even this morning they were saying tonight. …so now, it’s raining. Weather by Sybil? The eaves are dripping and the wind is over 10mph. The small birds have been and gone and it was *noisy* out there for a bit, but they were undercover before the rain started….what the meteorologists need to do is learn to speak bird…..

…and there’s a “Special Statement” that went out this morning for the coldest weather so far. Snow down to 5500 feet. Maybe even Timberline is going to get some, although it’s too warm to linger past sunrise, still, and the ground is too warm. Maybe I should get some carrot and greens seeds into the bag garden? I had planned that for this morning and rain or not, I probably oughta…

092914 Needle 99Yesterday felt long because I was still pretty tired from Saturday and another 5 hours in a car didn’t help. Tempus had a good day at the shop and worked on another of the sting-ray barb needles. That makes two that he has finished. Saturday’s was in the “experiment” category for him, so he didn’t want to take pictures. 🙂 We will have more pictures in the House Capuchin blog, probably on Tuesday. He had a number of customers, but not what we see in July or August.

092914 Altar 1Marius and I had a beautiful trip to Eugene and back. The planning meeting we were involved in was a lot of fun, since we got to hear about the wonderful things getting planned, like a Roman Bath…. This is a pic during the afternoon of Marius setting up a “Roman Altar” made of styrofoam! They have a paint that will make it look like stone, apparently, so we’re talking about making some “frescoes” for it.

10410374_936390124970_4679606486694864858_nWe also got to watch the construction of the “mosaic” for the hot tub….which is really clever, and the painting of a rug for the entry to the bath. I also got to wander around Yseult’s beautiful gardens. I worked on some sewing during all of this, since there was only one tool for the mosaic and my hands are too twitchy to paint. We came home with several projects to work on, a lot of new ideas and chitter-chatter all the way!

motif food peppersThe decision got made during the course of the day that our annual “January Vacation” at the shop is going to be scheduled for the week of this event, because we’re all going to spend several days in Eugene for it. The newsletter will be coming out during that time, but may not be as regular as usual.

motif food rollsSo Tempus is heading for the shop right now. I’m going to finish this, tidy up and then head for the shop as well. I’ll be working on more stock, probably pictures as well, since the light is going to be right for that …and maybe some sewing. He’s going to come home and work on cleaning…..

…and I just spent 15 minutes looking for my glasses when I had them hooked to my dress. <sigh> It’s going to be one of *those* days, hunh?

herbal roast gooseToday’s Feast is Michaelmas. During the Middle Ages Michaelmas was a Holy Day of Obligation, nearly equal to Easter. It was a day when yearly rents were due (the harvest is in by now….) when university terms began (still do, for many) and folks had a fun party. Some folklore has it that this is the day that Michael dumped the devil out of heaven. Goose is traditionally associated with the festival. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas

oenothera evening primroseToday’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am today! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. 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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 10/8 at 3:51am. 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 Waxing Quarter on 10/1 at 12:33pm.

Astro jupiterMonday, Sept. 29 – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – The shadows of Europa and Callisto cross the face of Jupiter simultaneously, best seen from India and central Asia.
weather clear night moon crescentSpot the Moon in the southwest as twilight fades. Use it as your guide to Saturn far to its lower right, and the Mars-Antares pair to its left.
The thick waxing crescent Moon now stands above Mars and Antares at dusk.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +0.8) is low in the southwest during dusk, passing above similarly colored but twinklier Antares (magnitude 1.0). They’ll be 3° apart on September 27th and 28th, then will start to widen as Mars moves east.
VAstro venusenus (magnitude –3.9) has sunk deep into the sunrise.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Rune Runic Month 19 Gyfu GyboRunic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in ScorpioMoon in Sagittarius
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
Color: Grey


©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


blackberry muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make Friends with Freedom!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel when you play a trick on someone?



~  There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – General Colin Powell
~  No sight that human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars. – Llewelyn Powys
~  Don’t reckon your eggs before they are laid. — Italian Proverb
~  In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. – Tony Robbins


Dragon scales and lizard skin
Eye of newt and parrot’s chin;

Stir it backwards, stir it forward
Pour in milk, to make a custard;

Don’t forget the lettuce leaves,
(For fiber and for health we weave);

Bananas, Apples and pinch of Sin
Don’t forget to put those in;

Froggie toes and maple syrup,
Jelly beans and a big fat turnip;

Don’t forget your favorite chants
For good luck and for happenstance;

This is my favorite recipe,
That my Aunt Hagatha gave to me. © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


Samhain borderSamhain  Magick – Recipes

Granny McCoy Pumpkin Pie – by Edain McCoy – This recipe makes two nine-inch pies.

3 cups Cooked Pumpkin (canned is fine)
1-1/4 cups Evaporated Milk
2-1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 heaping teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 scant teaspoon Salt
1/4 rounded teaspoon Allspice
1/2 rounded teaspoon Cinnamon
4 well-beaten Eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into two deep, unbaked pie shells.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out of the center clean.

(The above “Granny McCoy’s Pumpkin Pie” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 32, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)

American Traditional Pumpkin Pie – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin mush*
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1- 12oz can evaporated milk
1 pie shell

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl combine sugars and eggs. Add in the pumpkin mush, the spices, salt, and evaporated milk. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 50 minutes, or until pie sets.

Makes 6-8 servings.

*Pumpkin mush: cut a medium pumpkin in half. Prick the skin several times with a fork, and place on a cookie sheet, cut-side up. Bake for 50 minutes or until very soft when poked with a fork. Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Scoop out the pumpkin meat, and throw away the skin. Mash the pumpkin meat with a potato masher or puree in a blender/food processor. Makes about 4 cups.

From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!

Old-fashioned Raisin Pie (can be made ahead)

2 c. raisins
2 c. water
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp . salt
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 unbaked double pie crust

Preheat oven to 425^F. Combine raisins and water and boil for 5 minute. Meanwhile, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add to raisin liquid and cook, stirring, until clear. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and butter. Cool slightly and turn into pastry-lined pan. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges of top and bottom crust together by pressing down with tines of a fork; this makes a nice ridged appearance. For Samhain or other Pagan events, cut a triple moon in the crust; for non-Pagan ones, just make a small round hole in the center.

Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serves 8, so make two. 🙂

Source: My mom, who got it from hers.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Punny Business Slogan – On an Electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”


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