Daily Stuff 10-31-15 Blessed Samhain

Hi, folks!

motif seasonal mabon thanksgiving pumpkinsHave a Blessed Samhain and may the next Turn of the Wheel see you safe, healthy and prosperous! Celebration suggestion for today is: Family Fire Festival – WiccaCraft for Families

Waves tide Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:37 PM of -0.6 feet.

weather rain steadyWe got over 1/2 and inch of rain yesterday and have as much again already at 7am! This afternoon is supposed to be the most interesting part of the storm, peaking between 2 and 3pm. It’s amazingly warm, since it’s been staying around 58F.

103015 HandpieI ended up sleeping way late yesterday. I’m not quite sure why, but the bumps and bangs kept waking me up until Tempus got home and that wasn’t until 3am since the papers were running late. So although I got the newsletter out in the morning, I went back to bed and then slept until 1pm!

That meant that I got going on the cookery far later than I should have, as well. I got a cheese made and chowder from the whey, but by then I was already wheezing and coughing. For some darned reason I had a *bad* 103015 Puff pastry book1asthma attack. I was still wheezing and rasping when it was time for the sabbat, so I stayed home and made a “mylates of pork” (which is a kind of pork pie) and some small handpies of the left-overs. After that I tried something that I had seen, a set of little books of puff pastry, but either the convection oven doesn’t suit that kind of pastry (which I rather suspect) or it was too old to rise properly, although it did when I un-103015 Puff pastry book2stacked the last batch.

<<<<<<< burned <sigh> <<<<<<<<

I had been doing laundry, too, washing some base fabrics, so I can get them ironed and cut for projects.

When Tempus got home we had stuff to put away, since there were several sets of left-overs to deal with and then we turned in.

Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus is running late, so I have a feeling he’s going to be either asleep or dozing early on. No workshops are scheduled today. We’re staying open tonight until 8pm for trick-or-treats like Espresso 101 and Chocolate Frog!


Read this…. a wonderful family and a very, very special horse. http://www.horsenation.com/2014/10/09/how-to-say-goodbye-to-a-unicorn/


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This is one of the designs that’s up on Cafe Press that just seems to be appropriate for today! http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/6233789

“We are the flow and we are the ebb,
We are the Weavers, we are the Web!”

plant coast willow Salix_hookeriana_USFWSToday’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org

0_hh_bat_fly2It’s Halloween!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.

0_hh_P_boun1Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.

Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
jack1a3through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.


“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

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 11/11 at 9:47am. 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.

  • The waning gibbous Moon this Halloween doesn’t rise till around 9 p.m. (depending on where you are). Once the Moon is well up, look for Orion far to its right, and Gemini’s Castor and Pollux off to its left.
  • Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Clocks fall back an hour (for most of North America).
  • In Sunday’s dawn, Venus has drawn to within 1.1° of little Mars, even closer than shown here. Mars is only 1/250 as bright. They’ll appear closest together, 0.7° or 0.8° apart, on the mornings of Monday and Tuesday November 2nd and 3rd.103115 Dawn sky astro

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 PiscesMoon in Gemini enters Cancer at 2:09am
Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 10/30-11/1


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


Celtic Tree Month Reed Phragmites_australis_Schilfrohr wikiCeltic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
Plant motif reedarrow celtic tree month reed ngedal“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'”   Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
motif plant herb Cattail celtic tree month reed ngedalNgetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
ocean 03 ngedal reed celtic tree monthMonth: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  31     High   4:17 AM     7.2   7:52 AM     Set 12:15 PM      85
~    31      Low   9:50 AM     2.6   6:07 PM    Rise 10:09 PM
~    31     High   3:39 PM     8.2
~    31      Low  10:37 PM    -0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How is your life different now from just a year ago?



~  We all know a variety of ways to make a living.  What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune. – Jim Rohn
~  I continue to create because writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~  Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~  When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors. – Joseph Campbell

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – John Keats; ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’


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Samhain Magick – Party Perfect Halloween Recipes From Appetizers to Cocktails!Sheri Wetherell – (Follow the links for the recipes. These are good!) – October 24, 2012

If you’re throwing a party this Halloween you want to be trick-or-treater ready, not spending all of your time in the kitchen. Easy appetizers and the slow cooker are your time-saving best friend. Read on for some fun Halloween recipes, including adult-only cocktails, to make your night spooktacular!

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Roasted pumpkins seeds are the easiest and cheapest appetizer for Halloween! Try these kicked up Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Thai Spiced Deviled Eggs – These Thai Spiced Deviled Eggs are sure to be a hit with your party guests!

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Olive Oil and Rosemary – Fill your goblins’ bellies with this tasty Tuscan White Bean Soup before heading out for tricks and treats!

Harry Potter Butterbeer for the Adult Crowd – If you can’t make it over to The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmead, this is a great recipe for all the adult Harry Potter Fans out there to try at home! Serve this butterbeer hot or cold.

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum – Brew up a pot of this perfect-for-chilly-nights Hot Pumpkin Spice Butter Rum!

Simple Halloween Cupcakes – Adults and kids alike will love these easy and festive Halloween-inspired cupcakes.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – Your shadow is a confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the final few feet thanks to you. – via Shower Thoughts

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