The sky is a lovely gold, but it’s cold, only 40F and there’s frost all over.
This is going to be short. There may be some disruptions as far as the shop being open, probably not today, but definitely tomorrow. Short form is, looks like I’m having gall bladder problems and they’re talking about yanking it on Tuesday. I’m miserable, but at least it’s fixable.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval.
Pentacle on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”. CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
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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 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.
Whenever <<< Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. now depending on your location), the first stars of <<<<< Orion are just about to rise in the east, and the Pointers of the Big Dipper>>>>> stand vertical straight below Polaris, due north.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue their display in the east before and during dawn, forming a great diagonal line. Venus is the lowest and brightest, shining at magnitude –4.3. Jupiter, high to the upper right, is –1.9, and Mars, between them, is much fainter at +1.6. Watch the line lengthening. Venus is descending; Jupiter and Mars are moving higher. So is Spica; look for it below or lower right of Venus.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©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 22 Low 2:37 AM 1.4 7:21 AM Set 3:12 AM 77
~ 22 High 8:59 AM 8.5 4:43 PM Rise 3:02 PM
~ 22 Low 3:43 PM 0.5
~ 22 High 9:46 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.
~ The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. – Shakti Gawain
~ It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. – Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845), Clergyman and writer
~ A Warrior doesn’t wish for a “Golden Age” or sit about endlessly dreaming of an unattainable future. The Warrior creates their reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A lifetime without love is of no account. Love is the water of life. Drink it down with heart and soul. – Rumi
BLANCHE AND THE WITCHES BREW, (A Salem-Turnopia Tale)
Stop throwing rocks at my cat!
You’ll be very very sorry if you don’t…
See, I told you! She turns into a
Black bobcat when she gets mad.
Yeah, just keep on running, jerk!
Are you hurt, Tory-girl? I hope none
Of the rocks hit you. You will feel
Better when we go out on my
Broomstick tonight. You know how
You love it, unless I turn upside
The formation group isn’t gonna
Meet tonight, so we won’t have to do
All those swoops and things that
Make you nauseous. I have been
Feeling restless lately, I think I need
A new boyfriend…. We can fly
Around and see what we can find.
It’s been a long time since you’ve
Had a boyfriend either, hasn’t it?
Well, maybe we’ll get lucky tonight.
I sure hope Blanche isn’t gonna
Be out tonight, you know how she is,
If she drinks too much witches brew!
She has a tendency to carry off men,
Have her way with them, and then
Drop them into high trees on her way
Back home. And she wears the same
Boring clothes that she hangs out of.
Things in Salem-Turnopia are never
Quiet when Blanche is around. The
Broomstick Formation group won’t
Even let her join because of her little
Drinking problem. She is my first
Cousin, so I usually get the joyless
Job of trying to sober her up.
She almost always throws up on me,
So I try to be nowhere around when
She is drinking, so someone else has
To clean up after her! It’s always:
Cally, come clean up after your cousin!
Sometimes family sucks.
Tory’s a shape-shifter and can turn
Into a bobcat, and sometimes a black
Owl at night. Our little town of Salem-
Turnopia is a haven for all sorts of
Witches and magickal people. We get
Along fine with the townspeople
For the most point, as long as nothing
Gets blown up. We do protect them
From all kinds of monsters, too. Some-
Times we intermarry with the townspeople,
But most of us don’t, because we don’t
Want to dilute our strong witchy powers.
Some of us can trace our witchy roots
Back to Adam and either Eve or Lilith,
His first wife. So we are proud of our
Lineage and even have a Salem-Turnopia
Witches Genealogy group! This is a
Very cultured place, we have all kinds of
Leagues and groups.
Anyway, I’m getting off the subject again,
I need to get home and dress up so that
Tory and I can go out flying and trolling
Tonight (for men and shape-shifters, not
Trolls), hahaha! I’m so funny. I usually
Put a collar on Tory to match my outfit,
She loves that, the fancier the better.
Tory and I were back in my bedroom,
Getting ready for a night out on my broomstick.
I wanted to be able to blend into the shadows
If we had to make a quick getaway for some
Reason, but black was so overdone. So I
Decided on Midnight Blue instead, with a
Sequin top, leggings, and high heel boots.
I put a sequined blue collar on Tory, and we
Were set. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, my
Cousin Blanche wears so much that it would
Take a long hot bath of two weeks to get it
Off, along with a bunch of scraping knives.
Blanche has gotten me in too much trouble
To be on my favorites list. Instead, she is
On my @#&^%* list. I think you can figure
Out for yourselves what the symbols mean!
Thank Goddess she hasn’t gotten me kicked
Out of the Salem-Turnopia broomstick
(Yet, anyway) and I intend to keep it that way.
I picked out my favorite riding broom, Tory
Held onto it, and we were on our way. By the
Way, Tory talks to me with telepathy. Since
She is my familiar, naturally I can understand
Her. There are a few guys that are animal
Shape-shifters around here, but they are not
Easy to find. Usually, only one shape-
Shifter can recognize another. Outwardly,
They just look like very handsome black cats.
Or beautiful, in the case of Tory. *Thanks*
You’re welcome, Tory.
We flew over to my friend Lili’s house. Of
Course, I could have just called her on her
Cell phone or used my crystal ball, but I
Preferred to go there in person. She always
Knows if any parties or rituals or other events
Are going on. And Tory gets along fine with
Her male familiar, Dander. You can guess
Where he got that name; she had to use anti-
Dandruff shampoo on him, and never let him
Forget it. She suggested that we try one
Of the magickal people’s night club hangouts,
Like The Hot Cauldron, or the Bloodie Mary
Bar and Inn.
So we set out for the Hot Cauldron, and a
Night of drinking, dancing, flirting and loudness.
I’m not real loud actually, but Lili is. It was
In full swing, lots of dancing people. We
Went up to the bartender, Phil and ordered
Fuzzy Warts on the rocks. We like them
Better than fuzzy navels. Phil is very
Imaginative when it comes to drink names.
One that makes me to sick just to think of
It, is the Pulverized Grasshopper. It is just
A regular Grasshopper drink with ground
Up cinnamon, nutmeg, and some vodka in
It, but it sounds so awful that I can’t drink it.
We found some cute guys to dance with
(Although we didn’t know yet if they were male
Witches or vampires). Not all vampires are
Bad, you know. We have all kinds and degrees
Of “Magickals” here in Salem-Turnopia.
Just as we were really getting in the spirit of
Some Western boot-kickin’ music, guess who
Showed up. Yep… Blanche. Guess somebody
Told her that the action was at the Hot Cauldron
Tonight. I was hoping someone would side-
Track her before she got to Phil, but no luck.
She headed right to him, and asked for the
House Witches Brew. Why she couldn’t ask
For the House Wine or the House Beer, I don’t
Know. This was ruining my evening fast!
Maybe it was time to get out of here, before all
Hell broke loose. I hated to let a cute guy
Go to waste, and Tory and Dander were in
The broom closet with our brooms and maybe
Getting it on…but I had to leave before she
Got drunk and started throwing up or changing
People into things. Once she got mad at a
Girl who was dancing with a guy she liked,
And changed her to two feet tall; it lasted a
Year before it wore off. Poor girl. So you see,
Blanche was capable of anything. And as sure
As my hat is pointed, trouble was like the eye
Of a tornado, hovering right over the Hot
Cauldron; and yours truly, her first cousin.
The guys that Lili and I were dancing with
Asked us please to stay. They promised
To take care of us, and not let Blanche bother
Us. I can’t say that either us had much faith in
Her not bothering us, but..the guys really were
Hot, and good dancers. Besides, maybe
There were enough people there with strong
Powers to bind Blanche from causing harm, if it
Came to that (and I had a sinking feeling, based
On past experience, that it would). So there
Blanche was, looking gorgeous even with all
That makeup on, hanging out of her clothes,
And flirting with some biker werewolves.
Werewolf men are usually attractive in a primal
Way, with their widows’ peak hairline and
Their hairy selves. But they could get pretty
Wild. And these were drinking the witchy brew
Right along with Blanche. Blanche was wearing
Red, which was pretty appropriate with her.
She should be wearing the Scarlet Letter on her
Forehead, in my opinion. Lili agreed with me
On that one, and Dander and Tory didn’t like
Blanche’s familiar, Fangs. Fangs was a
Quite large rat, as big as a cat or dachshund.
He got his name because of his sharp, ugly
Curved teeth. He certainly protected Blanche,
Though. Nobody came near her unless she
Wanted them too, which meant mostly males.
We found out that the guys with us were
Vampires. However, they were of the more
Social variety, and stuck to animals and an
Occasional Human from the city of Jaredsville,
Two hours away. No Hunters took prey from
Our fair town of Salem-Turnopia. For one
Thing, there are lots of us witches and we are
NOT people to mess with. Plus, there weren’t
Any bad vamps that lived in town. If there
Were any that bothered people here, they
Were from another town. For the most part,
We magickal beings here are very benign.
Anyway, back to Blanche. She went out
With the weres and they all got on their bikes
And roared off. Boy, was I relieved! So we
Proceeded to party on, and have a great time.
We knew the guys would be there until the
Sun started coming out, and we had plenty of
Time until that. Their names were Hal and
Ripley, and they had only been dead for fifty
Years, not long for vampires.
Eventually, most of our witchy friends showed
Up and we had a great time. The Hot Cauldron
Has snacks of all kinds, and also serves
Hamburgers and French Fries. Extra bloody
Burgers for the meat eaters. By this time,
Some of us had sore feet, and we were sitting
Around chatting and occasionally smooching.
I liked Hal very much, he was very polite.
Just as things had quietened down, and the
Band was taking a break, we heard the bikes
Come back. Then Blanche and the weres
Came running into the room, making a racket.
They were covered in blood, and very upset.
It looked like Blanche had been scared sober.
They yelled, “Hide! Hide!” and “Help!” But
Other than that, we couldn’t get any sense out
Of them. I called Blanche over, and started
Cleaning up some of her bruises and scratches
(After all, I am still her cousin). Then everyone
Gathered around, and she and the leader of
The weres, told their tale. They had of course,
Been drunk on their ‘ashes’ and having fun
Riding all over town on their motorcycles and
Yelling and just generally raising hell, as usual.
They went way outside the city limits, and
Unbeknownst to them, into an area with ogres
And trolls. Now, they are NOT fun to deal with
And do not have understanding or pleasant
Personalities. And not much brain to reason
With, either. They were riding around, yelling
And drunk, and as bad luck would have it,
They were raising Cain right around the lairs
Of a bunch of trolls and ogres and their
Families. Now, they are not the type to be
Patient if someone wakes the baby up. And
All that yelling and biker noise woke up a
Bunch of ugly, green ogre babies and warty,
Disgusting troll babies. So they set after
The bikers and Blanche with their clubs,
Which had spikes set in them. One biker
Got caught and thrown a few feet, but he
Managed to get on the back of another
Werewolf’s bike, and get out of there
Before he wound up ‘pushing up Wolfsbane’,
So to speak. (Sorry about the pun, they
Are hard to resist, sometimes). They
Managed to get ahead of them because of
The bikes, but trolls and ogres were headed
After them, fast.
The Hot Cauldron is on the edge of
Salem-Turnopia, so the ogres and trolls that
Were chasing Blanche and the weres, would
Be coming by here on the way into town.
Plus ogres and trolls could probably smell
Them under their witches brew.
It is remarkable that the ogres and troll have
Such a good sense of smell, since they smell
Pretty rank themselves…uggggh and ewww!
Now that we were warned and knew that
Trouble (naturally, around Blanche) was on
The way, we had to figure out some sort of
We could just run like hell for our lives,
And leave Blanche and the weres to their
Fate. But then my aunt would NOT be happy
With me, and it is never a good idea to make
A witch angry.
I have this slogan: “Never mess with a witch
Unless they tell you too; then you had
BETTER!” My aunt Prudy, like my mother,
Is an Elder in the Salem-Turnopia Witches
League. That means she knows umpteen
Spells and just as many curses.
So, we all stayed, which might be a surprise
To an outsider, but the “Magickals” here are
Very close. And besides, we didn’t want them
Taking the fight into the town. The mayor
Would throw us all in the clink first, and ask
Questions later. And the police use bespelled
While the others were setting up a barricade
Of tables and chairs (ha), I slipped away and
Called my mother on my cell phone. I told her
The whole sordid story. She knows about
Blanche’s little drinking problem, everyone does,
Except my Aunt Prudy goes into denial about
It except when she catches Blanche in the
(hiccup) act. I told her that we could hear
Shouting in the distance and were all terrified,
So she said she would gather all the other
Witches and beat feet…oops, I mean beat
Broomsticks, over there in an extreme hurry.
My mom comes through when needed, I am
Very lucky that way. She and my dad are both
Witches, but she doesn’t tell dad about things
Like this, since he tends to worry about me
And come unglued. I am an only child, as is
Blanche, another reason I always seemed to get
Stuck with her.
It would help if she would stay sober and out
Of married mens’ beds. But nooooo. She never
Learns. She has been cursed by angry wives so
Often, that she has become very good at a strong
Shielding Spell. Unfortunately, she can’t make
It work if she is drunk. Sigh.
I made a quick trip to the broom closet to tell
Tory and Dander what was going on. That way,
If they chose to get on one of the brooms and
Stay out of the fracas, they could do so. They
Decided to stay, but to come out if we needed a
Couple of big black bobcats to help us.
They also reminded me that they could change
Into black owls, so they were not helpless.
Things were getting pretty messy in the club,
Ogres smashing things, and blood, and folk
Avoiding their clubs, vampires and weres
Trying to bite them, etc. Nerve wracking.
At least nobody had gotten killed, but it could
Happen. Just as it was in full swing, a whole
Slew of witches showed up, broomsticks, wands,
And all. Lady Emeralde, the High Witch, was
In front. My mother winked at me from behind
Her. “STOP!” She yelled, and put forth her wand,
And threw a wave of motion that knocked every-
One down. She did get our attention. So we
Stopped running for our lives, hiding, or fighting.
“All right,” she said, “I want you to get two
Representatives, one for the ogres and trolls, and
One for the rest of you. I am granting you an
Audience and calling a Magickal high court. Make
It snappy!” No one thought of disagreeing with
Her. An ogre came forward as leader for their group,
And one of the vampire men (a lawyer, in fact) was
Chosen for the representative of the rest of us.
Actually, he was more the counsel for Blanche
And the weres, since they were the ones that had
Started it. The ogres went first, telling how their
Peace had been invaded, their land torn up by
Motorcycles, and their babies woken up and
Wailing. Then it was the turn of Chuck, the lawyer.
He did the ‘diminished capacity’ defense, about how
The witches brew was to blame, and they should
Not have been served so many drinks, and so forth.
Like any bartender was going to tell a bunch of
Werewolf bikers, “No”… I don’t think so! When
Everyone was through, Lady Emeralde said that she
Needed to confer with the officers of her League.
So we all pitched in with little grumbling (no one
Crossed the High Witch) and put the tables and
Chairs back, that weren’t too broken. Then we sat
Down and waited, while they talked. After about
An hour, they came out of their huddle. “Here are
My pronouncements,” said Lady Emeralde.
“I find that the trolls and ogres and their families
Have indeed been wronged. This being the fault
Only of Blanche and the Werewolves. So, here is
My decree. Blanche and the weres will pay damages
Both to the trolls and ogres, and to the owner of
The Hot Caldron. I will discuss it with the ogre
Leader and the bar owner, and come up with what
Is a fair sum. Anyone that cannot afford cash, will
Work it off. Work in the bar, work in the fields
Near the troll and ogre encampment, and even
Babysit the babies whose sleep they disturbed.
Blanche, your drinking problems are well known
Around Salem-Turnopia, I think notorious would
Not be too weak a word. You will enter Witches
Rehab in a larger town… and do not dare to come
Back until you have kicked your addiction to
Witches Brew. Now, straighten this place up, and
Lady Emeralde grandly stalked toward her broom,
The other witches following her; and they sailed
Off into the night sky. All except Aunt Prudy, that
Is, who boxed Blanche’s ears and made sure she
Went home without a werewolf in tow. Lili and
I said goodbye to the guys, making plans to meet
Them in a couple of nights. We were happy about
Blanche going into rehab, and out of our hair for
Awhile. We got Dander and Tory, and headed out
For home on our brooms. It had been a very
Exciting evening, but we wanted to go to bed and
Just think about our new beaus and get a good
Nights’ sleep. – © Copyright 10/22/05. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Learn about the Mayflower at – http://members.aol.com/calebj/index.html
Take a virtual tour of Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation which was the first permanent European settlement in southern New England (1620). Now it is the a living museum, recreating 17th – century life in the New World and includes several exhibits:
- A reconstruction of the 1627 village occupied by the Pilgrims
A reconstruction of Hobbamock’s Homesite.
The Nye Barn
http://pilgrims.net/plimothplantation/vtour/ Worth taking a look at, I believe. Better than a history book.
Do you have a lot of kids to keep entertained on Thanksgiving Day? Try this site out for some creative activities to occupy and keep the kids from bouncing off the walls.
There are free coloring pages with a Thanksgiving theme. It’s just click, got to the pic, click and print — as many as you need!
You’ll also find recipes, a wordsearch, an online jigsaw puzzle, and printables like math worksheets, gift bags, writing paper, doorknob hangers, etc..