Daily Stuff 10-30-15 Night of the Recent Dead

Hi, folks!

Rose of the Sea Logo 2013Open Circle for Samhain tonight at Ancient Light!

motif seasonal mabon thanksgiving pumpkinsCelebration suggestion for today is: Night of the Recent Dead – trip to cemetery.

Waves tide Minus Tide at 9:46 PM of -1.1 feet.

weather rain steady58F and windy. It’s not raining much at the moment, although the porch roof is dripping and we’ve gotten over two tenths of an inch overnight. It’s rather gloomy with the clouds at 500 feet.

102915 Thread1Yesterday morning started fast. Before we headed for the shop I harvested a lot of the fennel and then had to get that drying when I got to the shop. The Duckmeister showed up for a bit of a chat and I wound thread while we were talking. Tempus headed for the PO after that and came back with a stack of boxes.

102915 Thread2When I got to unpacking those I found 3 more mugs, *finally* the tote for the herb books plus a cute little bee bowl from a lady whose products I’m considering carrying at the shop. After that I had a long consult on the phone with Rowan about tonight’s ritual.

102915 Thread3I spent a little more time between customers finishing winding up the thread that we dyed on Sunday, getting it ready to go into the wash. I got several phone calls from suppliers and did a little cleaning, too then started trying to set up trick or treat bags and got totally side-tracked when the sewing ladies came in. I got them going on threading pouches and then they took off again.

102915 PouchNot too long after that Tempus got back with some supper and we sat and ate and then he pulled out my sewing machine and I got to work on another stack of that. Marius got there after awhile and we sewed in the back room for most of the evening. Tempus took off to finish the shopping, gas up the car and get ready for his paper route….which ran an hour late, (not his fault) so he’s still flat.

Today he’s going to be at the shop and since he pulled out a bone needle for a bit last night, I’d guess that’s what he’ll be working on. I have some cooking to do. I’m trying a new pork pie recipe, plus I have website updates to work on.

I’ll be back at the shop late in the afternoon. We’ll be setting up for the Open Circle tonight.

A Ken Gagne pic from 10/22/15 of foliage at the Forks Farm in Yachats.

102215 Ken Gagne Forks Farm Yachats

plant herb kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos-uva-ursiToday’s plant is Kinnikinnick,  Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi  More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry

chetwodeThe Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559

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 10/27 at 5:25am. 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 11/3 at 4:24am.

astro consellation Auriga capella astro Piscis_Austrinus fomalhaut.svgSometime around 7 or 8 p.m., depending on where you live in your time zone, bright <<<< Capella is exactly as high in the northeast as Fomalhaut >>>> is in the south.
astro meteor asteroidOn Saturday (North American date), the quarter-mile asteroid 2015 TB145 passes 1.3 lunar distances from Earth. It will reach 10th or 11th magnitude (100 times too faint to see with the unaided eye) as it crosses the northern sky of the early-morning hours. It’s all over the news and the internet, but there’s no chance it will hit Earth for pete’s sake. See our article and chart: Close-in Asteroid Offers Halloween Treat.
Astro SaturnSaturn is low in the southwest evening twilight sky, and sets soon after. It moves from Libra into Scorpius on the 16th.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Rune Runic Month 21 Hagal HagalazRunic 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. 

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in GeminiMoon in Gemini
Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 10/29 & 30


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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
F   30     High   3:23 AM     7.5   7:51 AM     Set 11:19 AM      92
~    30      Low   8:59 AM     2.2   6:09 PM    Rise  9:12 PM
~    30     High   2:51 PM     8.8
~    30      Low   9:46 PM    -1.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Angels and guides assist in the removal of blockages so that I can give my attention to freedom.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Persuasive – Research a charitable organization such as Habitat for Humanity or UNICEF. Find out facts such as when and by whom it was founded and the kind of work it does. Write a brochure including your findings and asking people to contribute money or time to the organization.



~  If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. – H. P. Lovecraft
~  Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~  The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag. – The Grocery Bag Law
~  Some feminists feel that a woman should never be wrong. We have a right to be wrong. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion … has received various corrupting Changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his Divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the Truth with less trouble.  – Benjamin Franklin, A Biography in his Own Words, edited by Thomas Fleming, p. 404, (1972, Newsweek, New York, NY) quoting letter by Franklin to Exra Stiles, March 9, 1790


Samhain border

Samhain Magick – Invocations

Prayer to the Deities of Death

The harvest has ended, and the fields are bare.
The earth has grown cold, and the land is empty.
The gods of the death are lingering over us,
keeping a watchful eye upon the living.
They wait, patiently, for eternity is theirs.

Hail to you, Anubis! O jackal headed one,
guardian of the realm of the dead.
When my time comes, I hope
you may deem me worthy.

Hail to you, Demeter! O mother of darkness,
May your grief be abated
when your daughter returns once more.

Hail to you, Hecate! O keeper of the gate,
between this world and the underworld.
I ask that when I cross over,
you may guide me with wisdom.

Hail to you, Freya! O mistress of Folkvangr,
guardian of those who fall in battle.
Keep the souls of my ancestors with you.

Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.

Who is this they’re burying?
Who is this they’re burying?
Who but the shoulder I leaned on?
Who but the fire of my passion?
Who but my burning ember of loss?
Who but my darling, who but my treasure,
Who but the blood of the blood of my heart? ~Scottish Death Song

The Celtic feast of Samhain is still honored in our culture as Halloween, its meaning intact over thousands of years. The symbols decking our homes, offices and businesses at this season are reminders of the mystery toward all life edges. The black cat, the carved jack-o-lantern, the skulls, and the gravestones may seem innocuous when strung on mobiles or hung in windows. But their meaning is serious. This is the season of death, the time when vegetative life is withdrawing after its fertile period.

In ancient times, this was a period of omens. Would the winter be long? Would frail children and weak elders die in the dark times? Bobbing for apples, cutting cakes in which oracular symbols were baked, looking into crystals – these were some of the ways our forebears sought hints of what lay ahead. If the omens predicted difficulties or death, there was time to prepare for, if never to avoid, the promised fate. As the dark season of the year approaches, meditating upon the inevitable conclusion of our lives is appropriate and, ultimately, reminds us to live well the years we have left. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Samhain is here

Samhain is here, cold is the earth,
as we celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth.
Tonight we speak to those through the veil,
the lines between worlds are thin and frail.

Ghosts and spirits in the night,
magical beings rising in flight,
owls hooting up in a moonlit tree,
I don’t fear you and you don’t fear me.

As the sun goes down, far to the west,
my ancestors watch over me as I rest.
They keep me safe and without fear,
on the night of Samhain, the Witch’s New Year.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Wisdom of Love

If you love somebody,
Set her free…
If she comes back, she’s yours,
If she doesn’t, she never was….

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
If she ever comes back, she’s yours,
If she doesn’t, well, as expected, she never was.

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
Don’t worry, she will come back.

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
If she ever comes back, ask her why.

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
If she doesn’t comes back within some time forget her.

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
If she doesn’t come back, continue to wait until she comes back …

If you love somebody,
Set her free …
If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, and repeat

C++ Programmer:
if(m_she == NULL)
m_she= new CShe;

Animal-Rights Activist:
If you love somebody,
Set her free…
In fact, all living creatures deserve to be free!!

If you love somebody,
Set her free…
Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the second amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Act clearly states that…

Bill Gates :
If you love somebody,
Set her free…
If she comes back,
I think we can charge her for re-installation fees and but tell her that she’s also going to get an upgrade.

If you love somebody,
Set her free…
She’ll evolve.

If you love somebody,
Set her free…
If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high
If she doesn’t, your relation was improbable anyway.

Schwarzenegger’s Fan:
If you love somebody,
Set her free…

Over Possessive:
If you love somebody don’t set her free.

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