Psychic Fair today! Schedule below.
Wicca 101 course begins 11/10. More on this page: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/classes/
It’s only 43F! Sunlight is falling on the bookcase north of the door, now. Water droplets are glittering in the alder. There’s just enough wind to stir an occasional leaf. The mist is rising and the sunlight is making it a golden shimmer.
The morning turned sunny yesterday, as I was getting a bath before heading to the shop. I got there and got open and discovered that I had left a *lot* of things at home that should have some with me. I had also intended to print a couple more sets of tags and headers. 😦 Lovely weather makes up for a lot, though! 🙂 The ocean was a sparkling blue and clean white and cars rolling down the highway were glaring my out at my desk unless I sat up. I moved some of the things clipped to the blinds over to block a bit more of that along the line where the blind is warped from people peeking through it all the time.
I was still waiting for Tempus 45 minutes later. By then I was sorting out the crystals bottles. I got those taken care of and set back out. He got to the shop not long after noon, wearing his GID ghost pants. 🙂
I had him pick out his set of the feast gear and then started sorting the rest of the way. We went on to various other chores like getting the incense that we got in priced and onto the shelf, watering plants, etc. Tempus went over to the Pioneer Telephone Customer appreciation day and came back with cider and cookies!
I had my soup for lunch and was working on getting things ready for the workshops this morning when I saw a shimmering line crossing my vision and told Tempus, “Guess what?” …and then my day went very sideways. My head started to hurt. I tried curling up and taking a nap, hoping that it would just calm down, but by 4pm I couldn’t open my eyes in the light, so he took me home and there I was. It still hurts this morning, but I’m not light-sensitive, so I’ll be at the shop.
Tempus says that the ritual went well last night. We had some new people there.
Saturday 11/1 – Shop open 11am-6pm
~ – Herbs Workshop at 11am – Special on Soap Balls! This will be a 2 hour. We’ll start with some herb prep and then go on into actually making the balls and how to use them. Take one home for $1.
~ Crystals at Noon – The Mohs Hardness scale
~ Sewing Workshop at 3pm
~ Meditation on the Mighty Dead at 6pm
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is El Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page: http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos
“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – 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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 on 11/6 at 2:23pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/5 at 2:23am.
Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning for most of North America. Clocks fall back an hour.
This evening at nightfall, look for <<< Fomalhaut almost straight below the Moon. Vega >> is the brightest star very high in the west-northwest. Capella, similarly bright, is rising in the northeast.
Mars (magnitude +0.9) remains low in the southwestern sky as twilight fades into night.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – 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
Sa 1 Low 1:51 AM 0.7 7:54 AM Set 1:42 AM 58
~ 1 High 8:32 AM 7.1 6:05 PM Rise 3:15 PM
~ 1 Low 2:42 PM 2.4
~ 1 High 8:24 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I receive goodness and freedom from the Universe.
~ He who is attached to things will suffer much. He who saves will suffer heavy loss. A contented man is never disappointed. – Lao Tzu
~ True words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not true. A good man does not argue. He who argues is not a good man. – Lao Tzu
~ Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ You can have all the intelligence in the world and don’t have enough stamina. I have seen some very bright, bright women who do not have the stamina for husbands. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
The Centaur Sagittarius, am I,
Born of Ixion’s and the cloud’s embrace;
With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly,
A steed Thessalian with a human face.
Sharp winds the arrows are with which I chase
The leaves, half dead already with affright;
I shroud myself in gloom; and to the race
Of mortals bring nor comfort nor delight. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ’82); The Poet’s Calendar for November
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins – by Gerina Dunwich
4 cups Flour
3 cups Sugar
1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon Ginger
1-1/2 cups Raisins
1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water. Mix together well. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out. (This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)
(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Cauldron Cookies Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans.
Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool.
This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.
(The above “Cauldron Cookies” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 167, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Granny McCoy’s 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
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into two deep, unbaked pie shells. 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.)
Colcannon by Edain McCoy
Potatoes, harvested from August to October, were a part of the feast in Ireland where they were made into a Samhain dish known as colcannon. Colcannon is a mashed potato, cabbage, and onion dish still served in Ireland on All Saint’s Day. It was an old Irish tradition to hide in it a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, and a coin for wealth, or any other item which local custom decreed in keeping with the idea of the New Year as a time for divination. If you make colcannon with these little objects inside, please exercise caution against choking.
4 cups Mashed Potatoes
2-1/2 cups Cabbage, cooked and chopped fine
1/2 cup Butter (avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor)
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk or Cream
3/4 cup Onion, chopped very fine and sautéed
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
Saute onions (traditionalists saute in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them (do not use artificial potato flakes). In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Lastly drop in the thimble, button, ring, and coin. Stir well and serve.
(The above “Colcannon” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 38, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)