It’s 55F with a mostly cloudy sky. This is just a short break because the rain is due back again late in the afternoon, maybe even bringing a few thunderstorms. It’s nice to see bits of blue sky, even if that’s all they are is bits.
Yesterday was a long day. Tempus didn’t get home until past 8am, when he usually gets home at around 6:30 on Saturdays. He spent most of the early day once we were at the shop re-setting from the Sabbat. I puttered a lot and worked a little on jewelry and finally filled the cauldron, then did a little sewing while talking with people.
Customers rummaged in the cauldron during the day, mostly snagging tootsie rolls. 🙂 We had a lot of people through, considering the rain. Some were folks just passing through, some staying nearby and browsing all the shops. One lady was from Idaho. We don’t get quite as many from a distance once winter sets in.
We got almost two inches of rain yesterday. Folks were coming in dripping, but most of ’em were actually dressed for the weather. The surf is really kicking up and local photographers have been dropping each other notes about great places to go shoot!
My first set of actual trick-or-treaters was 3 young women and the small son of one of them. They were all dressed up, but the little guy had *the* most practical Oregon Coast costume I’ve ever seen. He was a fireman in the bright red hat and raincoat! Smart! …and he was dry and warm unlike a “greek goddess” who came in later. 🙂 We got several more batches, probably 25 or so people, which is a lot more than we’ve had in past years. Jeannie came in and we sat and talked while the costumed folks and customers came and went.
So, today we start putting away the Samhain decorations and digging out Yule. Tempus is going to take the mylates over to a friend’s to bake and probably snooze while that’s going. I have the morning class, if they manage to navigate the time change, and then the House Capuchin project day is all afternoon.
A Ken Gagne photo of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in the morning sun from a week ago.
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ – Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is El Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page: http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos
“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – 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)
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,
Waning 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 Moon – Best 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.
Before and during dawn Monday, brilliant Venus and faint orange Mars are separated by just 0.8° — less than a fingertip at arm’s length. Jupiter looks on from above. In a telescope, Venus is a dazzling white half-moon 22 arcseconds from top to bottom. Mars, currently on the far side of its orbit from us, is a tiny orange blob just 4 arcseconds in diameter.
Mercury is bright (magnitude –1.0), but it’s settling down closer to the east-southeast horizon in bright dawn every day. Look for it there about 30 minutes before sunrise, far beneath and perhaps a bit left of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. Late in the week, don’t confuse it with fainter, twinkly Spica emerging into view nearby. Binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic 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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic 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).
“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
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 1 High 4:14 AM 6.9 6:54 AM Set 12:04 PM 76
~ 1 Low 9:47 AM 3.0 5:06 PM Rise 10:08 PM
~ 1 High 3:31 PM 7.6
~ 1 Low 10:31 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
~ How do you explain ‘counterclockwise’ to a child with a digital watch? – from Michael P.
~ In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles. – David Ben Gurion
~ Lerman’s Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money. Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.
~ “Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
And yet, though we strain
against the deadening grip
of daily necessity,
I sense there is this mystery:
All life is being lived.
Who is living it then?
Is it the things themselves,
or something waiting inside them,
like an unplayed melody in a flute?
Is it the winds blowing over the waters?
Is it the branches that signal to each other?
Is it flowers
interweaving their fragrances
or streets, as they wind through time? ~ Rainer Maria Rilke, (Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
Magick – DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS – http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020330/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Mexican-celebration-honoring-loved-ones-spreads-throughout-US
The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:
- Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds
- Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
- Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light
- Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art
- Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar
- Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on
- Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico
Day of the Dead altars often include photographs of deceased family members, flowers and skeleton imagery. / MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER – Written by Kym Klass
They honor the dead in respectful celebration.
At burial sites, or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.
“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Pamela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favorite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”
The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tradition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coincide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.
“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversity. But it’s about getting to know them and understanding what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”
Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful celebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.
Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.
The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.
But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.
For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.
“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.
“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the Hispanic immigrant community.”
And it is a day Long said students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.
“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”
Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.
Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.
“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spirituality to it. I think it has a different flavor altogether.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.