There was a huge flock of seagulls up-bay from the bridge as we came across it this morning. The sky is covered with huge block, rolls and puffs of cumulus with a few tatters below and no blue showing. The bay and ocean both are almost the color of rough concrete. There’s a breeze, but nothing much even of that. 57F and the clouds are at 3000 feet. We got 1/10th of an inch of rain yesterday.
Yesterday was *nuts*! It started slowly, but then we had a *lot* of customers in, a reading, several counseling sessions and some folks just wanting to visit. By 5:30 I was wiped out and Tempus wasn’t back with the washer and dryer. He finally walked back into the shop, delivery and getting it up the stairs having been accomplished at a bit past 6:30.
We went home fairly early for us and just dropped. Tempus worked on his computer and I read.
I had a funny a couple of nights ago that I forgot to share. I was sitting in the car waiting for Tempus at nearly midnight and I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. There were a couple of raccoons on the sidewalk on the other side of the highway, although I wasn’t sure what they were at first since it’s rather dark on that side of the street at night. They headed down toward the intersection and once under the streetlamp they were pretty obvious. A couple of cars went past and I was hoping that they had the sense to stay on the sidewalk, but when the cars past and the light changed they crossed with the light! They waited for it!!!! They came trotting across Casey’s parking lot and disappeared between the buildings as I sat there with my mouth hanging open.
Today Tempus has been up to the house already with the trailer, having taken the picnic table to the apartment last night. He’s down here making coffee and then will head up there again to empty closets this time. I’ll be here, with the shop open and then the potluck folks will be here later.
A picture from 10/21/15 by Ken Gagne of Forks Farm up the Yachats River.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
According to the Ussher calendar today is the day the earth was created (Chrifus are really into this date….) It’s also Weird Al Yankovic’s birthday… Coincidence? Can’t be! <grin> More on Creation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher-Lightfoot_Calendar and on Weird Al here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic
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 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
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 10/30 at 10:38am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/25 at 10:38pm.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies horizontal low in the north-northwest early in the evening. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north latitude (New York, Denver) its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at Miami (26° N) the entire Dipper skims along out of sight below the north horizon.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines low in the southwest during evening twilight.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
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
Su 23 Low 1:10 AM 0.3 7:43 AM Rise 12:37 AM 50
~ 23 High 7:57 AM 6.7 6:18 PM Set 3:07 PM
~ 23 Low 1:45 PM 3.1
~ 23 High 7:25 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Cry during a sad movie.
~ Much learning does not teach understanding. – Heraclitus
~ Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don’t even know if you owe. – Mark Twain
~ You are not a human being having a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
~ Open to me, so that I may open. Provide me your inspiration So that I might see mine. – Rumi
The Earth will be going on a long time
Before it finally freezes;
Men will be on it; they will take names,
Give their deeds reasons.
We will be here only
As chemical constituents—
A small franchise indeed.
Right now we have lives,
Corpuscles, Ambitions, Caresses,
Like everybody had once—
Here at the year’s end, at the feast
Of birth, let us bring to each other
The gifts brought once west through deserts—
The precious metal of our mingled hair,
The frankincense of enraptured arms and legs,
The myrrh of desperate, invincible kisses—
Let us celebrate the daily
Recurrent nativity of love,
The endless epiphany of our fluent selves,
While the earth rolls away under us
Into unknown snows and summers,
Into untraveled spaces of the stars. – Kenneth Rexroth (Sacramental Acts)
Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.
- You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.
- Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.
- You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.
- Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!
- Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.
Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!
Eldersprouts Samhain Crafts – Tissue Ghosts
You will need:
– tissues (the kind you blow your nose with)
– black felt tip pen
– white yarn
what to do:
- Take two tissues and scrunch them up into a ball
this will be the head.
- Take another tissue and put your other ball in the middle of the tissue.
- Pick up all four corners and pinch your ghost just below the head.
- Tie a piece of yarn around the neck, and draw eyes on with your pen.
- Hang up your ghost.
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many IBM AS-400 Engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 100. Ten to do it, and 90 to write document number GC7500439-0001, Multitasking Incandescent Source System Facility, of which 10% of the pages states only “This page intentionally left blank”, and 20% of the definitions are in the form “A …… consists of sequences of non-blank characters separated by blanks.”