Daily Stuff 11-1-16 El Día de los Muertos

Hi, folks!

Waves tide

Last Minus Tide of the cycle of -0.1ft at 8:38 PM

weather sun face dim winterThere’s a high streaky layer of cloud, and over the ocean it’s quite blue almost all the way to the horizon, but out there is a band of puffy cloud and over town and the Coast Range is another. Mostly, it’s sunny and fairly breezy, only hitting 10mph in town, but nearing 20 by the water. 59F. 2/10 of an inch of rain yesterday. I wonder how much that was for October?

102016-shroom2Yesterday was busy enough to fly by, but frustrating. For some reason I couldn’t wrap my mind around the sorting of the various obsidians and kept getting distracted. Mostly it was by people coming in to shop, which obviously I like, but often it was Tempus trying to tell me about something or asking an opinion on something where I didn’t have an opinion. Once it was lady who came in and insisted on getting a one card reading. I told her those usually don’t work. She insisted some more, so I tried, but it didn’t work and so she yelled at me. <sigh> Yeah, it was that kind of a day….

Class went really well, though, and we weren’t done until 11pm. Next week is the history section.

Today I way overslept after being restless earlier. Tempus finally woke me, but I’m still having trouble getting my brain together.

Fall Back

plant flower Dogviolet viola aduncaToday’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Dias Muertos 1Today’s feast is El Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page:  http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos

“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – 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)

Samhain PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesda. 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 ancientlight@peak.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

Dianas Bow MoonWaxing 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 BowOn 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. 

webvic16_nov1moAs the Moon comes back into the evening sky, it waxeAstro Constellation Dracos past Saturn and Venus. . . Venus, Saturn, and the thin crescent Moon shine through the fading twilight low in the southwest, as shown at the top of this page.
Draw a line from Altair, the brightest star high in the southwest after dark, to Vega, the brightest high in the west. Continue the line onward half as far, and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +0.3) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, nearly 40° upper left of Venus. In a telescope, Mars has shrunk to 7½ arcseconds in diameter.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – 
Rune Runic Month 21 Hagal HagalazRunic 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.

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 7:43am.
Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Scarlet


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Plant motif reedCeltic 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).
arrow celtic tree month reed ngedal“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

motif plant herb Cattail celtic tree month reed ngedalNgetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

ocean 03 ngedal reed celtic tree monthto study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   1     High   2:21 AM     6.9   7:55 AM    Rise  9:34 AM      1
~     1      Low   7:58 AM     2.5   6:05 PM     Set  7:42 PM
~     1     High   1:47 PM     7.9
~     1      Low   8:38 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laughter is a direct route to the soul.It broadens your perspective,keeps you healthy and makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt Describe – Describe a dream that you had recently. Provide as many details as possible.



~  Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. – Henry Ford
~  The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~  She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close. – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)
~  We are all drifting reef-wards now, and faith is our only anchor. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist

I don’t make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will Rogers (1879–1935)


Samhain border divSamhain Magick – Dia De Los Muertos: A Joyful Mexican Celebration by C Markello , Kathy Bean – Since I have several Mexican-Amer. friends so we always combine these ideas within our circle.  ~joy http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5011306521&CRID=nullCRnull&OFFID=news20061021k

What is the Dia de los Muertos?

Every October, those celebrating the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico begin preparing for the colorful and festive tradition honoring family and friends who have passed away. This tradition, rich in folk art, is rooted in ancient practices of the indigenous people of Latin America blended with Spanish traditions brought to the New World in the early 1500s. Unlike the gruesome and haunting events often associated with Halloween, the centuries-old tradition of Day of the Dead brings families and communities together as they celebrate and honor the deceased. From region to region, the Mexican celebration varies in length from one or two days to as long as a couple of weeks. Typically, November 1 is reserved for the souls of the returning angelitos or children, and November 2 for the return of the adult souls.

What Traditions Can Be Found?

Ofrendas, or altars, created by families display favorite foods and trinkets thought to be appreciated by their deceased ancestors, as well as candles and photographs of the deceased to honor their passing and welcome their souls to the festivities. The construction of the ofrendas varies from region to region throughout Mexico. For example, the residents of Huaquechula, located in the state of Puebla, create polychrome pottery for their ofrendas. In this region, ofrendas are built from a series of graduated boxes covered in white cloth and stacked on the table. In Oaxaca, stalks of sugar cane are tied to the table legs forming an arch over the ofrenda. Miniature skeletons made of clay, wood, and papier-mache representing a profession or a life-like activity might be displayed as a remembrance of loved ones’ favorite activities. Calaveras or skeleton masks inspired by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada may also be included.


Food and drink are placed on the ofrenda as gifts to the returning souls. These offerings of nourishment are thought to help sustain the visiting soul on its journey to and from the living world. Items such as pan de muerto or sweet bread loaves; atole made of corn cooked with milk or water; chicken in a sauce made with chocolate, chile, and sesame seeds called mole; as well as fruit, tamales, soft drinks and flesh water. Altars for angelitos consider a child’s tastes, often including a bowl of milk, chocolate, mamones or cakes, and toys.


Cempasuchil or yellow marigolds and other flowers such as the purple Mano de Leon or cockscomb are sold in the markets for decorating altars and gravesites. The petals of these flowers are sprinkled in the doorway of the home and on the way to the cemetery, and on the graves so their aromas will help guide the returning souls.

Family members make processions to the cemetery bringing offerings and decorations to the gravesites. In some regions, skeleton masks are worn to make fun of death. Once at the grave, families keep watch all night, lighting candles to guide the souls. Meanwhile, musicians play celebratory music, while priests offer blessings.

Across the Border

Day of the Dead celebrations can be found in a variety of forms within the United States. One such celebration takes place in Houston at the Lawndale Art Center. Every fall teachers, students, parents, and artists work toward a community celebration in honor of the Mexican tradition. Primarily art specialists, but also teachers of other disciplines and of all grade levels explore Day of the Dead concepts and encourage student production of artwork, such as life-size papier-mache skeletons, student created ofrendas, and two-dimensional drawings depicting Day of the Dead themes for exhibition at Lawndale Art Center.

The exhibition culminates with a celebration day for the community to view student creations and participate in activities such as decorating sugar skulls, making traditional papel picado or cut-paper decorations, and contributing to a community ofrenda. In the fall of 2004, in an effort to improve understanding of the traditions related to the Day of the Dead, Lawndale Art Center in conjunction with the Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education at the University of Houston launched a Web site link as an informational resource for teachers and students. This Web site, lawndaleartcenter, org/dod, is available to anyone interested in learning more about the celebration.

Classroom Activities

Through discussion, encourage students to explore the topic of Day of the Dead in order to determine their existing understanding of the tradition. After selecting age-appropriate resources, introduce students to imagery and readings followed by discussion. Continue the discussion with the exploration of other traditions and art surrounding the dead, such as the practices used in ancient Egypt. As students gain more understanding of the traditions associatied with the Day of the Dead, examine the difference between the American tradition of Halloween and the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead.

Related Studio Activities

Processional Day of the Dead Masks: Demonstrate how to apply papier-mache or plaster of Paris strips to mask molds. When the masks are dry, use tempera or acrylic paint to paint a solid colored background. Once dry, paint colorful designs used for calaveras or skulls.

Miniature Ofrendas

Have students select a deceased relative or person they wish to honor. After reviewing items traditionally used on ofrendas, choose an image of the person, as well as two- and three-dimensional objects or imagery to offer the person being honored. Use glue and wire to fasten the selections inside a small box or onto a two-dimensional support such as a piece of mat board or cardboard.


  • Ancona, G. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1993.
  • Carmichael, E., & Sayer, C. The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1997.
  • Hoyt-Goldsmith, D. Day of the Dead: a Mexican-American Celebration. New York: Holiday House, 1994.
  • Markello, C., & Wood, J. Day of the Dead / Dfa de los Muertos, from http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/dod, 2004.


  • Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art.




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