We will stay open for Trick or Treaters on Saturday, Oct. 31 until 8pm.
55F and no wind. We’re right in the cloud layer and it’s gloomy out there. I’m glad I’m going to be home cooking today. It’s amazing how dark it is, suddenly. For months, unless I was up at sunrise, I haven’t needed a light in the study. This morning I really needed one. The weather is definitely changing. The long-range forecasts finally look like winter.
Yesterday was long, but not a lot of people came into the shop. I spent the day sewing and working on various projects. I got a good long way on my new linen skirt and even got a little done on the next incarnation of a Mab’s Creations kit!
It was misty all day and by the time he came to the shop for me, it was dark and the mist had gotten aggressive enough that the car was wet. He had to head out almost right away to get some shopping done and then to do his paper route. There’s a new person on the staff there and he’s spent a couple of weeks trying to get her sorted out but last night she kept him up until 4:15 texting him with questions and getting lost.
A photo from 10/14/15 by Pattie Huggins Deitrick, posted in the Facebook group Waldport Community
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we’re getting there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. Last year’s winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
The 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 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,
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 at the Tide Change on 10/27 at 5:25am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/17 at 5:06am.
The Moon hangs over Saturn and Antares in the southwest at dusk, as shown here.
This is the time of year when, after nightfall, W-shaped Cassiopeia stands on end halfway up the northeastern sky — and when, off to its left, the dim Little Dipper extends leftward from Polaris in the north.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, just off the head of Scorpius) sinks away in the southwest in twilight. Don’t confuse it with orange Antares twinkling 10° to its left. Binoculars help.
Monday, October 12–Thursday, October 24, before dawn. The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic (shown in green). Don’t confuse it with the Milky Way, further south. Credit: Starry Night Software
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic 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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Gort 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 High 3:20 AM 6.6 7:33 AM Rise 10:58 AM 7
~ 16 Low 8:55 AM 2.5 6:31 PM Set 8:59 PM
~ 16 High 2:47 PM 7.6
~ 16 Low 9:39 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Friends live within my heart
~ Help yourself and God will help you. – Dutch Proverb
~ Groups create a collective energy, and ecstasy comes more easily because everyone infects everyone else. – Paulo Coehlo
~ None but ourselves can free our minds. – Bob Marley
~ If better is possible, good is not enough. – Anonymous
At last the ninth, the Lord Mayor’s day, came. It is also the Prince of Wales’ birthday, so the city would be very gay-looking with all the flags flying … Once before, twenty-seven years ago, when Sir John Musgrave was Lord Mayor, not only elephants, but camels, deer, negroes, beehives, a ship in full sail, and Britannia seated on a car drawn by six horses, had made part of the show … Through the streets we have passing visions of pink silk stockings, canary-colored breeches, and dark green coats and gold lace, also tri-colored rosettes as large as saucers; and pass by shop-windows full of sweet, eager little faces, in the place of hose, shirts, sewing-machines, etc … after this band and that of the Royal London Militia, come the Worshipful Company of Loriners, preceded by jolly watermen in blue and white striped jerseys and white trousers, bearing banners; more watermen follow to relieve them; the beadle of the company with his staff of office; the clerk in his chariot; the wardens, wearing silk cloaks trimmed with sables, in their carriages …
Then comes a grand yellow coach, in which rides the Master of the Company, attended by his chaplain. After the Loriners come the Farriers, the band of the First Life Guards, banners, beadle and mace clerk, wardens and master. After them the Broderers … And now comes the Worshipful Company of Bakers, preceded by their banner, with its good old motto, “Praise God for all.” These are really very jolly and well-favored looking companions, most of the members bearing large bouquets of flowers. After them the Vintners’ Company, with the band of the Royal Artillery; ten Commissioners, each bearing a shield; eight master porters in vintner’s dress; the Bargemaster in full uniform, and the Swan Uppers. These are men who look after the swans belonging to the corporation of London, which build their nests along the banks of the Thames, and they mark the young swans each spring. – Mary Mapes Dodge; Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine For Girls And Boys, Vol. V, Nov 1877 – Nov 1878. Today was Lord Mayor’s Day, London. 11/9
Samhain Magick – Little Orphant Annie (Grandma Bues’ favorite!)
Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun,
A-listenin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers, –
An’ when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wuzn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an’ roundabout: –
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of ever’ one, an’ all her blood-an’-kin;
An’ wunst, when they was “company,” an’ ole folks wuz there,
She mocked ’em an’ shocked ’em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘for she knowed what she’s
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
An’ little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
An’ the lightnin’bugs in dew is all squenched away, –
You better mind yer parunts, an’ yer teachurs fond an’ dear,
An’ cherish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out! – James Whitcomb Riley