Daily Stuff 10-20-15 HUAC

Hi, folks!

weather Partly Sunny61F and a good breeze. We got most of a tenth of an inch of rain after midnightIt’s rather gloomy but there’ve been a few sunbreaks. It’s supposed to dry out until this time next week, too.

I was expecting to do a little harvesting as we headed out yesterday, but we’re down to a couple of roses a day and the herbs aren’t producing the same way. I’m going to have to get some help on the fennel to get the seed heads, so I planted a couple of vegetable ends in the box garden (successor to the bag garden) and put in a few seeds and called it good. 101915 Candles

Once we were open, Tempus got the Mab’s Creations display put together a bit better. It’s been sitting because he forgot about it, so now I can get back to working on it. He handed me one of the samplers that needed some work and I got that taken care of, too. He got the Samhain flag pulled out and set up because the Mabon flag started falling apart…. not the flag actually… The pole had lost a knob during one of the windstorms and then the string broke!

Linda from Canterbury Candles was in mid-afternoon and we got some new stock! Prices have gone up a bit, so they’re $7 for the twists (unity candles) and long tapers and $6 for the short ones. I had spent some time checking in stock before she came in so I got cracking on getting pictures and such after that was up in the displays.

101915 Tails…and then my day went sideways. The phone rang and it was Paul Rucker. Tempus knows (long since) that we have sometimes day-long amazing conversations that I won’t be interrupted from without a great emergency. A tsunami might not be enough of an emergency …. 🙂

Lupa’s tails finally are all up and there’s an actual mink tail this time! Some fox…some coyote…. plus ears. 🙂

So last thing of the day Tempus finally 101715 Thymestarted hauling out the Samhain decor. There are some pumpkins staring out of the shop
windows. 🙂

We were both tired enough to just sit down and do mail and such in the evening and turned in early.

Today we have the usual chores and he’s going to need to get up on the roof next door and work on shingles so’s to get that done. I’ve some research to catch up on, as well. I think I might have enough time. >>>>>>> 🙂 >>>>>>>>

A picture that our son Arthur took last night of the San Diego sunset. Wow!

101915 Arthur San Diego Sunset


Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

HUACIn 1947 on this date the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was formed. Often called “the McCarthy era”, most liberals saw it as a witch-hunt. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee

Samhain PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,


Waxing Quarter MoonWaxing 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 5:25amWaxing 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. 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 10/25 at 5:05pm. 


Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – 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 CapricornWaxing Quarter at 1:31pm
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 6:38pm
Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: White


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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
Tu  20      Low  12:08 AM     0.7   7:38 AM    Rise  2:22 PM      39
~    20     High   6:55 AM     6.0   6:24 PM
~    20      Low  12:20 PM     3.5
~    20     High   6:02 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Drive away Fear.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite cartoon or comic strip? Explain the reasons for your choice.



~  Be not a braggart for if any work done be praise-worthy, others will sing your praises for you. – Norse Adage.
~  To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille, French playwright
~  You can make an audience see nearly anything, if you yourself believe in it. – Mary Renault (1905-1983) English writer
~  Men freely believe that which they desire. – Julius Caesar

As the clock struck twelve there was silence, for at this hour the souls of the dead would revisit their earthly homes. There were candles burning in every room to guide them … and there was a glass of wine on the table to refresh them. But even though the room became crowded with urgent invisible faces, no one looked for the wine to diminish by even a hair’s breadth during the vigil. – Wright and Lones, British Calendar Customs, England


Samhain border

Samhain Magick – Recipes & Food

marshmallow caramel popcornLiz Bevan Horsley

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley

1/2 c. brown sugar
• 1/2 c. butter
• 9-10 marshmallows
• 12 c. popcorn

  1. Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Add marshmallows.
  3. Stir.
  4. Microwave until melted.
  5. Pour over popcorn.

Samhain Serving BlessingHold Your Hands Over The Cooked Food, And Say:
“The Golden Rays Of Sun Kissed The Grain
Sweet Drops Of Rain Caressed The Fruit.
Streams Of Moonlight Danced In The Fields
Sending Energy Into The Root.
Blessings Of The Mother
Strength Of The Father
Unity Of Love.
So Mote It Be.”

Make the sign of the equal-armed cross over the dish. Tap the dish once. Serve with a smile! – )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Dulce de calabaza

Pumpkin is also used to make dulce de calabaza, (often translated as “pumpkin candy”)  soft, crystallized pumpkin flesh cooked in brown sugar with slight hints of orange or lime . The process involved in making it can be simple or intensive, depending on how you’d like the end product to turn out. For a hands-off approach, boil the flesh of a whole pumpkin in just enough water to cover it, with either a cup of orange juice or the skin of an orange or mandarin, several cinnamon sticks, a touch of vanilla and several cones of piloncillo, a condensed Mexican version of brown sugar. Let the mixture boil for several hours until the liquid develops a syrupy texture, and then let it cool. With a dash of brown sugar on the top, it’s ready to eat. The intensive version involves soaking the pumpkin overnight in lime water, draining it, washing it, boiling it, coating it with sugar, and baking it.


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