The sky is mostly overcast with several layers of cloud. There are a *lot* of sucker holes! There are almost as many little boats in the bay, but only one fishing pole on the bank. Last night some idjits with flashlights were wandering around on the sand flats. Those are iffy enough in daylight…. 60F and 4/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday, none since midnight. The chance is rising through tomorrow night and then we ought to get a couple of days clear.
Tempus was running in and out. He had a bunch of errands to storage, to the bank, etc. He worked quite awhile in back, trying to get things out of the way so that I could have my class. The only problem was that at 10pm he still wasn’t done and I still hadn’t pulled my stuff out! We went home around 11pm.
This morning I was out harvesting herbs for my class this morning. I’ve quite an assortment, everything from kinnikinnick to plantain to chives.
Tempus has run to the store for some last-minute stuff and then we’ll dive right into OCPPG!
Loryea was in last night telling us all about the goodies that she’s been making for the supper tonight and I’m going to hand off some of the herbs that I harvested this morning for her supper.
The shop will be open at 10am for the opening ritual and then off we go!
Today’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
The shop opens at 10am today for OCPPG! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, but closing time will continue to follow sunset over the next couple of months. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 at the Tide Change on 10/15 at 9:23pm. 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 10/8 at 9:33pm.
Can you see Jupiter yet very low in the dawn under Mercury?
First-quarter Moon (exact at 12:33 a.m. tonight EDT). This evening the Moon shines in Sagittarius, far below 1st-magnitude Altair and above Mars and the tilting Sagittarius Teapot. Mars, traveling eastward fast, is now 1.3° to the left of Lambda Sagittarii.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are fairly well up after dark in the east and southeast, respectively. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102. Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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Gort – 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 High 6:39 AM 5.6 7:24 AM Rise 2:15 PM 36
~ 8 Low 11:55 AM 3.6 6:43 PM
~ 8 High 5:43 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Beauty draws the soul out, connects to us at the soul level.
~ A person’s worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves. – Jean De La Bruyere
~ I thought they’d get one of us, but Jack, after all he’s been through, never worried about it I thought it would be me. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever – Gandhi
The commonplace miracle:
that so many common miracles take place.
The usual miracles:
invisible dogs barking
in the dead of night.
One of many miracles:
a small and airy cloud
is able to upstage the massive moon.
Several miracles in one:
an alder is reflected in the water
and is reversed from left to right
and grows from crown to root
and never hits bottom
though the water isn’t deep.
A run-of-the-mill miracle:
winds mild to moderate
turning gusty in storms.
A miracle in the first place:
cows will be cows.
Next but not least:
just this cherry orchard
from just this cherry pit.
A miracle minus top hat and tails:
fluttering white doves.
A miracle (what else can you call it):
the sun rose today at three fourteen a.m.
and will set tonight at one past eight.
A miracle that’s lost on us:
the hand actually has fewer than six fingers
but still it’s got more than four.
A miracle, just take a look around:
the inescapable earth.
An extra miracle, extra and ordinary:
can be thought. – Wislawa Szymborska (View With a Grain of Sand, translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)
Liz Bevan Horsley – Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
• 1/2 c. butter
• 9-10 marshmallows
• 12 c. popcorn
• Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes, add marshmallows & microwave until melted.
• Pour over popcorn.
Anja’s Note – You can make popcorn balls of this if you butter your hands before trying to squeeze them into shape, otherwise scatter over aluminum foil and let cool. You can also sprinkle with Halloween decors and/or ground nuts to make a really fun treat!
The other version
Popcorn Ball syrup
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. dark Karo corn syrup
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Boil mixture several minutes, then put a drop in cold water. If drop forms a hard, brittle ball, it is ready to pour over popped corn. If it doesn’t harden, cook longer and keep testing every few minutes. Once it is ready, butter your hands well and start making popcorn balls. Keep your hands buttered, it’s easy to get burned.
Popcorn Balls – These are fun to make and fun to give–wrap them in orange tinted cellophane or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon. This makes about 18 three inch balls. Unless you have a really large pot, make these in two batches.
- 1/2 cup solid margarine
- 2-10oz packages of large, white marshmallows
- orange paste food coloring
- 20 cups popped, fresh plain or colored popcorn (don’t use microwave corn)
- 1 cup candy corn (optional)…
- extra butter
- Melt margarine in a large pot.
- Add marshmallows, turning to cover with oil well, and cooking slowly to melt completely.
- Stir in tiny amounts of food coloring with a toothpick until the color appeals to you.
- When completely melted, remove from heat.
- stir in popcorn and candy, covering well with melted marshmallow until marshmallow turns to stringy threads.
- Let sit a few minutes.
- Melt extra butter
- Butter all popcorn ball-maker’s hands liberally, and begin to pack mixture into balls. Adults mind that the mixture can still be quite hot, so put aside a pan in which to set balls down if children find them too hot.
- Let balls thoroughly cool, then wrap them up!
[Anja’s Note – Kids love to roll these in sprinkles, chopped nuts or Halloween mini-candies!]
Earth Magic Baked Apples – When you polish an apple on your shirt before taking a bite, you are continuing an ancient tradition. The Celts rubbed apples to drive out evil fairies hiding inside the fruit. Medieval Christians thought the practice kept away the devil. These customs reflect the belief that apples contain Earth energies.
Magic Apples Recipe:
4 medium-sized apples
8 tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp butter
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Rub the apples over your heart then core them.
- Place in a baking dish.
- Fill each center with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon butter, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
- Add 1/4 inch water to the pan.
- Bake 30–40 minutes at 375°F.
~Lynne Sturtevant GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles
- 2 1/2 Cup Crushed Vanilla Wafers
- 1 Cup Toasted & Ground Almonds 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 6 Ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
- 1/3 Cup Coffee Liqueur (or Apple Juice if you prefer)
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Sifted Sugar
- In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Blend in chocolate, pumpkin, and coffee liqueur (or apple juice).
- Form into 1-inch thick balls and chill.
- Sprinkle with remaining powdered sugar and serve.