First Minus Tide of the cycle of -0.1 feet at 8:04 PM.
The sky is grey, but the computer is saying, “Scattered Clouds”. Hmm…. The wind is running at about 10mph. Yesterday we got 4/10’s of an inch of rain and today we’ve gotten just under 2/10’s so far. It was really coming down earlier.
Yesterday flew by. We had far too much to do. I got some more crystals priced and out and Tempus worked on a needle for a little bit, then he headed for the house and I settled down to the Project Day stuff, which for me was a spoon and pincushions. When everyone headed out, Tempus wasn’t back, so I worked on some more crystals, set up some wood butter and then curled up with a book.
We’re here. He needs to go get some Halloween candy and run a couple of other errands and then he’s heading for storage. I’ll have the shop open.
Read this…. a wonderful family and a very, very special horse. http://www.horsenation.com/2014/10/09/how-to-say-goodbye-to-a-unicorn/
This is one of the designs that’s up on Cafe Press that just seems to be appropriate for today! http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/6233789
“We are the flow and we are the ebb,
We are the Weavers, we are the Web!”
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.
“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
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
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:38pm on 10/31. 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 11/14 at 5:52am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/3 at 10:38pm.
As the Moon comes back into the evening sky, it waxes past Saturn and Venus. . . There’s no Moon this Halloween. Vega is the brightest star high in the west. Less high in the southwest is Altair, not quite as bright. Just upper right of Altair, by a finger-width at arm’s length, is orange Tarazed, looking like Altair’s little sidekick but actually a much bigger and brighter star far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years away. Tarazed is about 360 light-years away, and it’s 100 times as luminous!
Spot bright Altair high in the southwest soon after dark. Two distinctive little constellations glimmer above it: Delphinus the Dolphin, hardly more than a fist at arm’s length to Altair’s upper left, and fainter Sagitta the Arrow, slightly closer to Altair’s upper right. In your sky too bright for them? Use binoculars.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines low in the southwest during evening twilight.
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 Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
Planting 10/31 (This is an out-of-phase planting date. Plant the “seeds of the New Year”, only!)
©2016 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 31 High 1:43 AM 6.9 7:53 AM Rise 8:37 AM 0
~ 31 Low 7:26 AM 2.2 6:06 PM Set 7:07 PM
~ 31 High 1:18 PM 8.0
~ 31 Low 8:04 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up…
~ And we must think no further of you. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, THINK BIG. – Donald Trump
~ Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ The country clubs, the cars, the boats, your assets may be ample, but the best inheritance you can leave your kids is to be a good example. – Barry Spilchuk
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.
–Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
Samhain Serving Blessing – Hold Your Hands Over The Cooked Food, And Say:
“The Golden Rays Of Sun Kissed The Grain
Sweet Drops Of Rain Caressed The Fruit.
Streams Of Moonlight Danced In The Fields
Sending Energy Into The Root.
Blessings Of The Mother
Strength Of The Father
Unity Of Love.
So Mote It Be.”
Make the sign of the equal-armed cross over the dish. Tap the dish once. Serve with a smile!
)0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
Samhain tidbit From: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33090.asp
Boxty, Irish Potato Cakes
Boxty comes up in conversation throughout the year, usually accompanied by a wistful smile and some lip-smacking. Should you witness this behavior, kindness dictates that this treat be served as soon as humanly possible. No one will question the date, though your motives may be suspect, as in: “Just how much did you say you spent on…?” Never mind. Boxty is as good as absolution.
1 cup of mashed potatoes
1 cup of grated raw potatoes
2 cups of self-rising flour
1 to 1 ½ cups of milk or buttermilk
¼ teaspoon of salt
¼ to ½ cup of butter
Sour cream, optional
- Mix the mashed potatoes with the grated raw potatoes in a large bowl.
- Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and 1 cup of liquid.
- As the batter is mixed, add small amounts of additional milk or buttermilk until the batter is loose enough to work with.
- Melt two tablespoons of butter over gentle heat.
- When the butter is melted and the pan heated, ladle small pancakes into the pan.
- Brown on both sides and serve hot with more butter or sour cream.
Carefree Corn ‘n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated.
Makes 6 servings.