The sun is shining and the sky is mostly clear. As we were coming across the bridge, wavelets were breaking on the sandflats that were slowly submerging as the tide was starting in. There were several small boats, probably crabbers, and 1/2 a dozen folks with fishing rods on the beach. The breakers were very brightly white and the ocean beyond them nicely blue. Enjoy the break because rain is likely moving back in very late tonight! It’s 64F, but feels cooler and there’s only a light breeze.
Yesterday… I’m not certain what all I did? I know we had some customers in. I know I worked on getting things put away and did a little writing and filling in some newsletter files. That’s all that I’m certain of! Oh….and pendulums. I’m partway through getting them loaded into the display. Amy got here for sewing for a few minutes and then took back off. Tempus and I had supper and then he took me back to the apartment and went on to do the paper route.
Today we’re still shifting things around. He’s trying to get the walkways clear. Some big boards actually went out between the buildings rather than being left blocking the candle aisle. He’s got a few more errands to run and I need to get back to doing headers and sorting out some of the stuff on the table.
Photo by Ken Gagne on 11/3/16 at Eckman Lake.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Feast day of St Emeric, Hungarian prince – Emeric, born in 1007, was the son of St Stephen of Hungary. His father had trained him to succeed him but the young man died before his father, killed in a hunting accident in 1031. His tomb at Szekesfehervar, Hungary, was a pilgrims’ site, and many miracles were reported there. He was canonized with his father in 1083. The name Amerigo (cf Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America is named) is a variant of Emeric. More here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3110 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emeric_of_Hungary_%28saint%29
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 11/14 at 5:52am. 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 11/7 at 11:51am.
. . .and as it waxes further, the Moon passes Mars. As the stars come out, look off to the Moon’s upper left for Mars, and high above the Moon for Altair.
<<< Deneb still remains near the zenith. Brighter Vega >>>> shines high in the west. And can you still catch << Arcturus twinkling just above the west-northwest horizon?
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the southeastern sky after dark. Info and finder charts.
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.
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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
F 4 High 4:26 AM 6.4 7:59 AM Rise 12:11 PM 14
~ 4 Low 9:46 AM 3.4 6:01 PM Set 9:54 PM
~ 4 High 3:26 PM 7.3
~ 4 Low 10:32 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – What have you grown today, in thought, word or deed? The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
~ Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees. – Williard Marriott
~ The surest test of discipline is its absence. – Clara Barton, American Red Cross founder
~ Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. – Katherine Mansfield
~ A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude. – Earl Nightingale
Our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. –Will Rogers (Born 11/4/1879)
Heartwings says, “If you want to open a locked door, it helps to have a key.”
In my new home, one key opens all three doors to the outside. In the house I just moved from I had a different key for each door, not to mention the new storm door and the two new garage doors. My key ring weighed heavily in my pocketbook, and I often had to think hard to pick out the correct key for the correct door. Both my shoulder and my brain are relieved to have one key instead of many. Keys can be a heavy responsibility.
In the days of castles and nobility, every large household had a chatelaine. She was the head housekeeper. Her badge of office was a large key ring clustered with keys. These opened the many cupboards and storerooms of the castle. Everyone had to go to her to get whatever was needed. These keys gave her great power, as well as great responsibility.
In times past I used to enjoy responsibility. It made me feel competent and even proud to be relied upon. Then one day I took on more than I could handle: mailing out the annual fundraising letters to my class alumnae. The time for them to be mailed came and went and the notices remained on my desk. That experience cured me of volunteering for extra responsibility. Lately, I am looking to shed more of it.
I feel relieved to be free of the responsibility as well as the weight of those keys. The house that went with them was often burdensome as well as beautiful. I wish the new owners well. It is a lovely house, and I trust they will enjoy it as much as I did, perhaps even more. For myself, I am glad to have downsized and glad to be the proud owner of a home where one key opens every door.
May you find the right key to open every door you wish to enter.
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Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert