Wow, is it windy! There are gusts hitting the 50’s out by the ocean, but it’s strong enough here in town to rattle the door when it’s blocked open. The sun is out, although there’s quite a bit of haze and high cirrus. The rain is supposed to be back late this afternoon or evening. 63F.
Yesterday was something else. It started quietly, but the wind built until 40mph gusts were whipping through town. The rain came down until over 3 1/2 inches had fallen out of the sky. Gusts up into the 60’s were reported down by the water. Wow…..
Tempus stayed most of the day at the shop, moving things to where they’re supposed to go. I started packing, figuring out what I’m taking on Saturday for my class and what we’re taking on our trip. We spent some time figuring out where to put some of the things that have been sitting out, some of the cooking tools.
Amy was here for sewing. I finished the bottom hem on my hood and got the “dimple bead” onto the new biscornu while Tempus and Amy talked card-weaving.
He headed for Newport at around 8:30pm, after the winds had mostly calmed down, to get some shopping done, partly for my class and partly for our trip, and then start bagging papers. It was g a double bag and knot night, so the papers don’t arrive soaked. That always takes longer. I stayed at the shop, figuring that I could get some more stuff done.
I did some pictures and developed them and then got back to work on printing out my class handouts. Tempus finally picked me up at a bit after 3. You should have seen the moon! Full and bright, but getting hidden by clouds the whipped across and some that crept. I expected to see brooms flying across at any second. There was a colored corona and just …amazing….
We rolled through the sleeping town, with the car getting batted around by gusts, watching as the moon appeared and disappeared as storm cells moved through. Her face was lurid at times, more than a little creepy! The water level in the river was high, but even with all the water that came down yesterday there was little standing. We stopped at the spring and filled some jugs for the week and then did the last few paper drops as the rain was starting up. Lighting, no thunder, was going constantly at that point. I was startled by a bright flash as I was going into the solarium. We crawled into bed and then woke with a start at 10:45, scrambled ourselves together and flew down here to find customers at the front door!
They just left. The shop is open, but we’ve still some stuff standing around on the floor of the shop from the sorting. I’ve got to finish my packing and dry some apples today. Tempus is running into Newport to pick up his check and run a couple of other errands.
Here’s a Youtube on how to light natural charcoal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E97xSPI6Yh4&feature=youtu.be&a
Some poetry for the season!
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read by Christopher Walken –https://soundcloud.com/olyfantastique/the-raven-by-edgar-allan-poe
- Little Orphant Annie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ltxAmV3Ck
A photo from 10/12/16 by Ken Gagne of a pelican with his landing gear out.
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the birthday in 1797 of Ida Pfeiffer, world-traveler and author. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Pfeiffer She was one of the first of the “lady explorers” and published 7 books about her travels all over the world. She was quite a scandal in her day and didn’t actually begin her travels until her children were grown.
The shop opens at 11am! 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 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,
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 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 10/14 at 9:23am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/17 at 9:23am.
Saturn and Antares advance closer to bright Venus this week.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies level in the north-northwest in mid-evening. Look two fists at arm’s length above it for Kochab, the brightest star in the bowl of the Little Dipper.
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 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
F 14 Low 5:33 AM 0.5 7:31 AM Set 5:30 AM 92
~ 14 High 11:45 AM 8.0 6:33 PM Rise 6:06 PM
~ 14 Low 6:06 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every dawn is a gift, wrapped in ribbons of color for you!
~ Ideas control the world. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ And do as adversaries do in law. Strive mightily but eat and drink as friends. – William Shakespeare, in The Taming of the Shrew
~ There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself. – Guy Finley
~ Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates
Mathematical Poem To Calculate The “Day of the Week” For Any Day Of Any Year
The last of Feb., or of Jan. will do
(Except that in Leap Years it’s Jan. 32)
Then for even months use the month’s own day,
And for odd ones add 4, or take it away*
Now to work out your doomsday the orthodox way
Three things you should add to the century day
Dozens, remainder, and fours in the latter,
(If you alter by sevens of course it won’t matter)
In Julian times, lackaday, lackaday
Zero was Sunday, centuries fell back a day
But Gregorian 4 hundreds are always Tues.
And now centuries extra take us back twos.
*According to length or simply remember,
you only subtract for September, or November. ~J. H. Conway, Jan., 1976
Mask of Your Shadow Self
Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well. Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE. Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.
At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side.Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries
Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007
Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond
Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving.
By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Silliness – Magical Compact
Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk, and leans down to pick it up.
She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, “Hmm, this person looks familiar.”
The second blonde says, “Here, let me see!”
So the first blonde hands her the compact. The second one looks in the mirror and says, “You dummy, it’s me!”