Please be aware that the shop will be closed on Thursday, 11/26 for Thanksgiving, 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers.
Walking into my study this morning I was greeted with a vista of fog. We’re right in the cloud layer, apparently, and it’s pretty thick. 56F, a little breeze and we’re gotten almost an inch of rain. That’s about to change. We’re not due any more significant rain until past the weekend.
Yesterday went kinda weird. I ended up with breakfast at 3pm between Tempus’ running around in circles with the water heater and my not having gotten enough sleep the night before. I worked on newsletters from 1pm on.
Tempus did some chores and then in the 2nd half of the afternoon got the parts and started in on our renters’ water heater and then discovered that no, they didn’t have the right parts, he’s going to be manufacturing something.
>>>>> Another one of the balls that I’m working on, this one filled with hair >>>>>
I was finally done with the initial set-up on newsletters through 12/1 at a bit after 6pm. It takes making sure of the moon phase, the colors, what’s retrograde…. kinda picky-picky, but I’m trying to keep things right! By late evening I was getting back into writing, but ran out of energy.
>>>>> A stack of the sewing boxes that I’ve been working on for the last few months >>>>>
I’ll be at the shop today. Tempus is going to be working on the water heater and then working in the kitchen. I have to put a shopping list together for Tempus because he has the paper route tonight where he goes into Newport and will do some shopping before he gets started. I need to get the rest of the stuff for Thanksgiving! It’s going to be just us this year, but that’s not a bad thing.
Ken Gagne pic from yesterday “On my way back from a fishing trip this is what the Newport North Jetty was looking like with huge waves crashing up against the rocks.”
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis(which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
The Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask
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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 on 11/25 at 2:4pm. 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 11/19 at 4:21am. 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 11/24 at 2:44am.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 1:27 a.m. EST – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 12:30 p.m. and sets around 11:30 p.m. It dominates the evening sky. As the November Moon waxes into its gibbous phase, it always passes beneath the Great Square of Pegasus.
Orion is now clearing your eastern horizon by about 8 p.m. (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). Aldebaran is high above Orion. Above Aldebaran are the Pleiades. Aldebaran and the Pleiades always serve as Orion’s early announcers.
Mars, in the morning sky, moves from Leo into Virgo on Nov. 1, and continues to move eastward in Virgo for the rest of the month. It starts the month close to Jupiter, and ends it halfway between Jupiter and Venus.
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 Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming.
©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
Th 19 High 6:24 AM 7.0 7:18 AM Rise 1:19 PM 45
~ 19 Low 12:27 PM 2.9 4:46 PM
~ 19 High 5:59 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of clarity.
~ Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ The crucial point is that we can relate with our life just as it is right now. We can always connect with the openness of our minds. We can use our days to wake up rather than go back to sleep. ~Pema Chodron
~ There have been injuries and deaths in boxing, but none of them serious. – Alan Minter
~ Never speak more clearly than you can think. – Jeremy Bernstein
Many years ago, I missed your call
I got impatient and went outside,
Thinking you had neglected me.
You knew that i was moving away
And I wanted to talk to you.
No answering machines then,
No ‘call waiting’, I didn’t hear your ring
And didn’t get to say goodbye.
I saw you once after that on a visit.
You came to my house, I wore orange.
Such a handsome guy, but fickle
You put me on a pedestal, but others
Were gals only good for ‘one thing’.
I often wonder if you married well,
If you did I hope you respected her.
You liked the way I looked and morals,
But you really didn’t know me inside.
Once I knew you didn’t respect women,
I lost my respect for you.
But wow! You were awesome eye candy! – © June 4, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)
A SPECIAL COLLECTION OF THANKSGIVING DAFFYNITIONS
- A FEW NACHOS: What you have to let your belt out. (Charles G. Waugh)
- BUFFET: A French word that means, “Get up and get it yourself.” (Internet Source)
- CIRCUMSPECTIVE DESSERT: Pumpkin pi. (MsSam)
- CROSS CHICKENS WITH TURKEYS: Get peeping toms. (Charles G. Waugh)
- FOWL: Four letter bird. (Variation of a statement in Art. Moger, ed., The Complete Pun Book, 1979, p. 99)
- GOES WELL WITH TURKEY SALAD: Wishbone® dressing. (Charles G. Waugh)
- HOLIDAY GROCERY LIST: What you spend hours writing, then forget to take with you to the store. (Internet Source)
- HOME COOKING: A place many a man thinks his wife is. (Stan Kegel)
- INBRED TURKEY: Sandwich. (Charles G. Waugh)
- MATING RITUAL: Trying to coordinate holiday dinnerware, glasses and silverware. (MsSam)
- MCFEAST: Take-out turkey banquet. (Charles G. Waugh)
- OLD-TIMER: One who can remember when folks sat down at the dinner table and counted their blessings instead of calories. (Internet Source)
- RECIPE: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish even the dog won’t eat. (Internet Source)
- SALAD BAR: The fast lane. (Charles G. Waugh)
- SIX DRUMSTICK TURKEY: Urban leggin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
- SPLIT SECOND: Pulling on the wishbone. (Charles G. Waugh)
- STUFFED: How you look when you rebuckle your belt after Thanksgiving dinner. (MsSam)
- STUFFING MAKER: Grainfully employed. (Charles G. Waugh)
- THANKSGIVING: A holiday that always falls on Thursday because the Pilgrims came here in search of a four-day weekend. (Internet Source)
- THANKSGIVING DINNER: A wing and a prayer. (Charles G. Waugh)
- THANKSGIVING’S PATRON SAINT: Buffet Sainte-Marie. (Charles G. Waugh)
- TIME TO STUFF A RUBBER TURKEY: Pranksgiving. (Joseph Leff)
- TURKEY: Novem-bird. (Charles G. Waugh)
- TURKEY BUFFET: Smorgasbird. (Charles G. Waugh) TURKEY LEFTOVERS: Hash reality. (Charles G. Waugh)
- TURKEY SAUSAGE: Best of the wurst. (Charles G. Waugh and Joseph Leff)
- TURKEYS: The stuffed of which dreams are made. (Statement by Charles G. Waugh and Kathy Sweet Waugh)
- VEGGIE BANQUET: Garden of feedin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
- VOLUNTEER TO WASH THE DISHES: What you should do if you need some time alone. (Loosely based on a statement from an Internet Source)
*** INDIGESTION WATCH FOR THURSDAY ***
*** BELLY ACHE ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY NIGHT ***
TODAY: CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF TURKEY WILL DEVELOP BY AFTERNOON, WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OF BETWEEN 350 TO 400 DEGREES. A HEAVY ACCUMULATION OF CRANBERRY SAUCE AND STUFFING WILL LIKELY ACCOMPANY THE TURKEY BY LATE IN THE DAY. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL RISE TO 100 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT: RESIDUAL SWEET AND MASHED POTATOES, ALONG WITH A FLOOD OF GRAVY . . . ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL DIMINISH TO NEAR ZERO BY EVENING.
TOMORROW: A LONG FRONTAL LINE IS EXPECTED TO STALL IN THE VICINITY OF MOST DEPARTMENT STORES AND SHOPPING CENTERS. STILL A GOOD CHANCE OF LINGERING TURKEY OR ISOLATED STUFFING.
SATURDAY: RESIDUAL TURKEY ACCOMPANIED BY DRIFTING AREAS OF MAYONNAISE IN SOME SPOTS.
LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY: STILL A CHANCE OF SOME LEFTOVER TURKEY, ACCOMPANIED ONCE AGAIN BY AN INCREASING RISK OF FOOTBALL.
Silliness – GiggleSnorts List of the Day – The Top 13 Things on a Homicidal Bartender’s To-Do List
13. Dance on bar like the “Coyote Ugly” girls, then hunt and eat kittens like actual coyotes.
12. Stop saying “Pick your poison” before somebody catches on.
11. Treat those jerks at the end of the bar to a round of shots, then dispose of the gun.
10. Find a way to mask the anti-freeze taste for the perfect Prestone martini.
9. Dip the ends of those candy-ass girly-man pink paper umbrellas in poison.
8. Invent new cocktail: pint of vodka + 50 sleeping pills = “Drowsy Russian.”
7. Practice saying “Last call!” in a Freddie Krueger voice.
6. Desecrate corpse with lipstick-applied moustache. Leave note: “The Captain was here.”
5. Practice saying, “I’m sorry, sir — was that a Harvey Wallbanger or a Bash My Head Against The Wall Repeatedly?”
4. Turn TV from ESPN to Lifetime. Stab anyone who complains.
3. Re-order exploding olives from Martha Stewart’s “Bin Laden Collection.”
2. Rig jukebox to play “Y.M.C.A” when “Proud to Be an American” is selected.
and the Number 1 Thing on a Homicidal Bartender’s To-Do List…
1. Either figure out a better way to dispose of bodies or a way to sell LOTS more Bloody Marys.