Yesterday we went running out the door. I was still sleepy and had only had a few sips of my coffee, but I wanted to be there in plenty of time to set up for the Herbs Workshop. I did so and Tempus fell asleep on the couch, but we only had one set of customers in during that time. We processed seeds this week, lovage and fennel. There’s *lots* more of it to do! After the class folks headed out, Tempus and I did a bit of a consult on a haunting and then he headed home.
I was *really* sleepy, since my sleep kept getting interrupted during the previous night, but I tried to keep going, working on sorting out and putting away things, mostly and getting a few licks in on projects. We did have some customers during the afternoon, but it was definitely slow.
Nobody came in for sewing so I started working on cutting out the 12th Night costumes. I had to consult with Marius about his. By 6 my back was really giving me heck and I was glad to sit down. Tempus headed for Ray’s to get some ground pork for the sausage-making today.
I crashed when I got home and woke after a nap to a lovely salad and then got to work on the rest of the stuff I wanted to cook. That was mostly mustard and various pickles including the pickled eggs that I’ve had a taste for for a couple of weeks.
Today we need to get all that loaded up and then head for the shop and I need to remember all my various costume bits, as well! I overslept a bit, but woke to Tempus waving a cup of coffee in my face and he brought doughnuts!
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Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually.The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as in the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It works well in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.
Today is Nicholas Culpeper’s Birthday. If you’ve ever heard of Culpeper’s Herbal, he’s the author of this 16th century classic! He was a pioneer in herbal references and associations and while a lot of his work has been disproved, most hasn’t. A lot of practical and empirically-gathered information got kept in his herbal which would have been otherwise lost. Along with the Herbal he published a manual on childbirth and many translations of texts used in medicine. “Culpeper was a radical in his time, angering his fellow physicians by condemning their greed, unwillingness to stray from Galen and their use of harmful practices such as toxic remedies and bloodletting. The Society of Apothecaries were similarly incensed by the fact that he suggested cheap herbal remedies as opposed to their expensive concoctions.” (from Wikipedia) More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper
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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. 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 Quarter on 10/20 at 1:31pm.
Mars near Jupiter – Sunday, October 18, before dawn – Jupiter and Mars will be close enough to fit in the same field of a telescope.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter hang together in the east (in Leo) before and during dawn. Venus, on top, is the brightest at magnitude –4.6. Jupiter is –1.8, and Mars, much closer to Jupiter, is much fainter at +1.8.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Sunday, October 18, 6:42–8:08 a.m. EDT – The shadow of Io chases Ganymede’s shadow across Jupiter’s face..
Credit: Starry Night SoftwareMonday, 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.
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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
Su 18 High 4:54 AM 6.2 7:35 AM Rise 12:47 PM 20
~ 18 Low 10:14 AM 3.2 6:27 PM Set 10:36 PM
~ 18 High 4:02 PM 7.2
~ 18 Low 11:11 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Look forward to dreams.
Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Multicultural Connections- Write freely about what you think the following Native American proverb means: “Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”
~ Give wind and tide a chance to change. – Richard Byrd
~ Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. – Mark Overby
~ The one you trust most can disappoint you most. – Fljotsdale Saga, c.23
~ Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. – Thomas Carlyle
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, – as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, – and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. – Treaty between USA and Libya, signed at Tripoli, November 4, 1796, and at Algiers January 3, 1797. Proclaimed by George Washington, the first President of the United States, June 10, 1797 More: Was the USA founded on Christianity?
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Materials include a flat lollypop, black and orange construction paper, black crepe paper, orange chenille stem, black dots made with paper punch for eyes, red, black, or orange yarn for hair, tacky glue.
- Cut face and hat from construction paper following pattern instructions.
- Cut crepe paper strip 10″ long and 4″ wide. (Cut a four inch strip from the package and cut it into ten inch sections.)
- Cut orange chenille stem in half. Use one piece for arms.
- Glue orange circles to lollypop (head) add eyes and draw a felt pen mouth if desired.
- Cut six 5″ pieces of yarn for the hair and glue to head.
- Shape half circle into cone to make witch hat. Trim if necessary, shape to fit head and glue back seam.
- Glue hat to head.
- Gather black crepe paper around lollypop stick.
- Twist chenille stem tightly to hold it under the candy head about one inch from the top of the crepe paper, letting stem stick out on each side for arms. Fold crepe paper down from face to form neck ruffle on dress.
- Bend chenille stem ends to form hands.
- Add a toothpick and paper broom if desired.
Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes
- Separate one cup from an egg carton.
- Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
- Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
- Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
- Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
- Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
I want to thank all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your chain letters over the past two years.
Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy. Because of your concern…….
I no longer can drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put “Under God” on their cans.
I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.
I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.
I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don’t support our troops.
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a stupid number for which I will get the phone bill from hell with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.
I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer go to bars because someone will drug me and take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a bathtub full of ice.
Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an email to 7 of my friends and make a wish within 5 minutes.
I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who has been dying for the past seven years.
I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.
Now to Return the Favor:
If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 1200 people in the next 60 seconds, a large bird with diarrhea will fly over your head at 5:00 PM and the fleas of a thousand camels will infest your armpits.
I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of a friend of a friend’s neighbor’s cousin, and he’s a lawyer. So you’d better get going on that e-mail!!!