Daily Stuff 10-17-14 End of Babylonian Captivity

Hi, folks!

Waves tide The shop normally opens at 11am. We’re currently closed until Saturday, due to illness!

weather rain steadyIt’s 60F and kinda windy although the gust are only going into the teens. We might get as much as an 1/2 an inch of rain today. I haven’t been paying much attention to sunrise for a bit, but even though it’s almost 8am it’s fairly dark outside, still.

motif plant flower  season yule poinsettiaYesterday morning I couldn’t figure out where Tempus got to. I didn’t figure it out all day although I had some vague idea that he was supposed to be helping with the moving project from Monday. I started catching up the House Capuchin blog as I could, project by project, double-checking to see whether everything was there. I was shivery and distracted, still running a temperature and sleepy off and on. I ended up taking a nap in the middle of the day and when I woke up Hatch was heading out to the store.

motif plant flower abroniaHatch harvested some more of the fennel before heading to class with Rowan and Marius. They’re handling the Wicca 102 this time. Tempus got home no long after that. He was helping our elderly friend all day. I got a bath and then got back to work, adding several pages to the House Capuchin blog.

motif plant flower agapanthusToday I don’t know whether Tempus is going to pay attention to what the doctor said about staying home or not. He’s feeling a lot better, even if I’m not, yet. I don’t seem to be running a temp this morning, though.

…and we got sidetracked talking about research and by the research itself (I’m trying to hunt a specific ancient toy down….) and I forgot that the newsletter wasn’t out yet! I’m sorry!

A picture from where I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, posted by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – the Sandy Point light in a picture taken on 10/8/14 with the full Moon rising over the Eastern Shore of the Bay. I can’t find anything to back up my childhood memory of the light being distinctly off-kilter, but my mother regularly described me saying that I was going to “fix it with scotch tape and Daddy’s hammer”. Some info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Point_Shoal_Light and here: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=424

100814 Moonrise Sandy Point MD

eryngo1I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. 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.

SculptureofCyrusTheGreatToday is the anniversary of the day in 539BCE when Cyrus the Great liberated Babylon and released the Hebrews from that captivity. He was quite a leader and apparently a good man beyond his war abilities. He may have written the first declaration of human rights and certainly practiced religious tolerance, even to the point of making certain that the Hebrews, who had been captive quite awhile had the money to rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed when the Captivity started.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great#Religion_and_philosophy

samhain green manThe shop normally opens at 11am. We’re currently closed until Saturday, due to illness! 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

Waning Crescent MoonWaning 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 10/23 at 2:57pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/19 at 2:57am.

Astro jupiterDawn and sunrise come quite late now as the season advances. On Friday morning the 17th, before the sky gets too bright, you’ll find Jupiter to the left of the waning Moon, and Procyon farther to the Moon’s right.
Astro mercuryMercury and Astro venusVenus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Rune Runic Month 20 Wunjo WynRunic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Mercury (10/25) Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
Color: Rose

Harvest 10/16-18


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Ivy Gort Celtic tree month Hedera_helixGort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
motif plant herb Ivy sprig gort celtic tree monthGort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.
Honeysuckle Gort cletic tree month Lonicera_ciliosato study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F   17      Low   2:23 AM     1.3   7:34 AM    Rise  1:31 AM      40
~    17     High   9:05 AM     6.2   6:29 PM     Set  3:30 PM
~    17      Low   3:05 PM     3.0
~    17     High   8:39 PM     6.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Think of a time when you “embraced the unknown.” Write an essay about the action you feared to take and what motivated you to take it.



~  Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – V Lombardi
~  How do you explain ‘counterclockwise’ to a child with a digital watch? – from Michael P.
~  There have been injuries and deaths in boxing, but none of them serious. – Alan Minter
~  If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up? ~ Chuck Palahniuk

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe.


Hear the sledges with the bells
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.


Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,
And an in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!


Hear the loud alarum bells
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now – now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows:
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling,
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells
Of the bells
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells
In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!


Hear the tolling of the bells
Iron Bells!
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!
For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.
And the people – ah, the people
They that dwell up in the steeple,
All Alone
And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling
On the human heart a stone
They are neither man nor woman
They are neither brute nor human
They are Ghouls:
And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,
A paean from the bells!
And his merry bosom swells
With the paean of the bells!
And he dances, and he yells;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the paean of the bells
Of the bells:
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the throbbing of the bells
Of the bells, bells, bells
To the sobbing of the bells;
Keeping time, time, time,
As he knells, knells, knells,
In a happy Runic rhyme,
To the rolling of the bells
Of the bells, bells, bells:
To the tolling of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells, bells, bells
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.


Samhain borderSamhain Magick – Recipes

Curried Pumpkin Stew – Contributed by White WinterWolf


  • 1 quart (liter) chicken stock
  • 2 cans pumpkin
  • 1 pint (1/2 liter) whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil
  2. Reduce to a simmer.
  3. Add pumpkin. Stir well.
  4. Add whipping cream and sugar.
  5. Bring to a good simmer.
  6. Add spices, serve hot!


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!

Avesha’s Belt-Bustin’ Shepherd’s Pie (can be made ahead)

[Ed.-This recipe makes a pie that will serve 6. If group size is unknown, don’t hesitate to make two or three of ’em; leftovers will freeze.]

  • Two 12-oz. packages veggie “ground beef” crumbles
  • 1 med. red onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut up
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup butter (or vegan margarine)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional–see below)
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350^F.

Boil potatoes in enough salted water to cover.

Meanwhile, saute onion in a large skillet with 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil until translucent. Add “beef” and herbs, and cook till heated through. Salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a non-greased baking dish, a deep 10″ casserole or a 9″x13″ pan; if this is a non-metal dish, the pie can be nuked quickly between ritual and dinner.

Spread each type of corn in a layer over the “beef”. Do the same with peas and set aside.

Pour off water from potatoes. Add garlic, chives, remaining butter, salt & pepper and mash to your favorite consistency. Spread the mashed potatoes over pie and sprinkle with paprika.

Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet (pie will bubble over.) Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and the juices from the “beef” and veggies are bubbling around the edges.

Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes and serve or refrigerate. Reheats fine, and can be frozen. Serves 6.

Source: adapted by me from a recipe by Avesha on www.vegweb.com <http://www.vegweb.com/>

Festival Fruited Ribs – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 3 pounds beef/pork ribs
  • 2 tbs. shortening
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup red Burgundy
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-11oz package mixed dried fruit
  • 3 tbs. all purpose flour

Meaty side down, place in shallow roasting pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add onion, carrot, garlic, and burgundy. Cover and reduce heat to 350 degrees, bake for another hour. Meanwhile, pour 1 1/2 cups of hot water over the fruit in a non-metal bowl. Let it stand for the hour. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid. Place the fruit over the meat. Cover and bake for another 45 minutes. Remove meat and fruit to a platter. Skim fat from pan juices. Add reserved liquid to juices. Blend flour and 1/3 cup cold water in a sauce pan, stir in pan juice mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Pour over ribs and serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

**If you’re going to have a bonfire, don’t forget to throw the bones into the fire for healthy livestock and prosperity.


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