Daily Stuff 10-3-15 Oschophoria

Hi, folks!

motif plant herb Marjoram bundleHerbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm!

weather sun face dimIt’s 50F and bright sunshine and the weather looks good for the whole weekend. The sun is coming almost directly in the study window at sunrise, now, hitting my armchair and the file cabinet.

plant motif lily of the valley flower092615 RoseYesterday was kinda difficult. I finally got in to see the doctor at 1:30 and didn’t get the needed medications until past 4, but I’m doing a lot better since! Tempus was at the shop. I worked on getting some orders put together before I went down there and looked up some information that I’ve been needing to find and then spent the time after at the shop, mostly working on herbs.

>>>> The summer’s roses, crammed into a large jar >>>>>

plant motif strawflower helichrysum flowerToday Brandon and Nick just arrived. I had overslept and only vaguely heard them knocking, then bolted out of bed when I realized who it must be. This weekend is their last pre-nup session before their handfasting and we’ll be visiting, too. It’s been since early summer since I saw them last.

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200px-Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Oschophoria, ancient Greece – The Bearing of Green Branches to commemorate Theseus’s return – The Oschophoria was a festival in Attica, according to some writers celebrated in honour of the deities Athena and Dionysus, according to others Dionysus and Ariadne. Said to have been instituted by the god Theseus, this was a vintage festival, its name derived from the word for a branch of a vine with grapes. More info here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct3.html The Wiki article is a stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oschophoria There’s an interesting article on the Greek calendar, though, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanepsion

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

Samhain PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday and closing will drift earlier with sunset times. 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,


Waning Gibbous 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 10/12 at 5:06pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/4 at 2:06pm. 

Astro Constellation Orion Sirius BetelgeuseBy about 11 or midnight, the waning Moon rises in the east-northeast. To its right in the east, Orion is also rising. The first bright star you hit looking to the right from the Moon is Betelgeuse: Orion’s orange shoulder.
Astro mercuryMercury leaps up into dawn view late this week. By Thursday the 8th, look for it 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise low above the horizon due east, far lower left of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. That morning it’s still only magnitude +1.4, but it’s brightening fast.

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Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – 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. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in GeminiMoon in Gemini enters Cancer at 5:22pm
Mercury (10/9), Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Indigo

Harvest 10/2-3


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


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
Sa   3     High   5:30 AM     6.6   7:16 AM     Set  1:33 PM      71
~     3      Low  11:05 AM     2.5   6:54 PM    Rise 11:25 PM
~     3     High   5:03 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What kind of animal would you like to be and why?



~  To err is human, to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope
~  Oh! how many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding ring. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~  He who has not tasted bitter, knows not what sweet is. – German Proverb
~  We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need. – Jim Rohn

All summer she scattered the daisy leaves;
They only mocked her as they fell.
She said: “The daisy but deceives; ‘
He loves me not,’ ‘he loves me well,’
One story no two daisies tell.
Ah foolish heart, which waits and grieves
Under the daisy’s mocking spell. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer


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Samhain Magick – Crafts

tritckortreat bag Trick or Treat Bag

Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.

  1. You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.
  2. Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.
  3. You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.
  4. Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!
  5. Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.

Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint and in this past decade, GID beads became available inexpensively.

Eldersprouts Samhain CraftsTissue Ghosts

You will need:
–  tissues (the kind you blow your nose with)
–  black felt tip pen
–  white yarn
what to do:

  • Take two tissues and scrunch them up into a ball
    this will be the head.
  • Take another tissue and put your other ball in the middle of the tissue.
  • Pick up all four corners and pinch your ghost just below the head.
  • Tie a piece of yarn around the neck, and draw eyes on with your pen.
  • Hang up your ghost.

Gourd Rattle

You will need: 1 dry gourd (about the size of an orange – the smooth kind, not warty), small craft saw, small keyhole saw, small hand drill, 1 straight sturdy stick for the handle, a handful of sharp stones, 1/2 inch wide strip of thin suede, at least 12 inches long, glue gun, handful of stones, beads, etc, a few dyed fluff feathers, assorted acrylic paints and brushes. Drill a hold in the bottom of the gourd. Enlarge the hole to the diameter of your stick about 5 incehs from the smaller end. Use the end of your stick to remove the seeds and dried pulp from inside the gourd. Place a small handful of shar stones inside and shake vigorously to remove even more loose material, then pour out the stones and the dust. Drill a hold in the top end of the gourd and enlarge it to the diameter of the smaller end of the stick. Insert the stick so that the top end sticks out about 1 inch to check fit, wrapping the suede around the beads and insert the stick. Secure with hot glue. Wrap the bottom joint between the stick and the gourd with more suede to create a smooth transition, stretching and gluing the leather into place. Repeat with the top joing, this time adding two or three feathers inside the leather wrapping as you glue it. Paint the gourd with acrylic paints if desired. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html


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