It’s been raining steadily for hours, starting late yesterday afternoon. Everything is dripping. I spent a little while sitting in the car listening to the symphony of droplets making music on the metal overhead. The percussion section wa the steady “drop, drop” from the hemlock on the windshield but the rest was a combo of large to small drops that covered an amazing range of tones. Rain was falling in sheets that waves in the wind. Yeah, it’s a little windy, steady in the low teens, gusts in the high teens. 53F. Just chilly-damp.
Yesterday started in a rush, since Tempus and I overslept, but we made it to the shop and were open on time. After we had coffee he started loading some stuff in the car for storage so I had room to work in the back and then took off to work up there for the day. He didn’t get back until well after dark.
Project Day ended up doing a lot of talking and small projects, but we used the piemaker to make apple pies and a savory pie of barley, cheese, olives and mushrooms. Most everyone had two. 🙂
Tempus and I didn’t leave the shop until 10pm, trying to get things done. I was so tired that I was micro-sleeping and on the way down to the apartment walked into a fern. Then I was waiting by the sun-room door to open it for Tempus and startled away, bashing my arm on the door and bopping him in the head as it flew open!
We ended up being late opening up because he was hunting for his glasses. Kinda hard to drive without. We have a lot of putting away to do again.
A photo from 11/12/16 by Arthur Bartlett
Today’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_aduncaor 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.
On today’s date in 1963 the island of Surtsey first appeared off Iceland. This is a volcanic island arising from the Atlantic Ridge. Many small islands appeared and disappeared around it while the eruption continued. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surtsey
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. 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 11/15 at 5:52pm. 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 11/29 at 4:18am.
Another night of full supermoon!. Look for Aldebaran to its lower left. And can you see the Pleiades to its upper right, through the supermoonlight?
Mars (magnitude +0.5) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 30° upper left of Venus. In a telescope, Mars has shrunk to a mere 7 arcseconds in diameter.
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 Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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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
M 14 Low 5:32 AM 1.6 7:12 AM Set 7:03 AM 99
~ 14 High 11:32 AM 9.5 4:49 PM Rise 5:32 PM
~ 14 Low 6:23 PM -1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accepting responsibility is the key to personal freedom.
~ I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. – Harvey Mackay
~ Dwell on the sound of your breathing, when you can really hear it coming and going, peace will not be far behind. – Paul Wilson
~ A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Lou Holtz
Upon the trees –
Are they a breakfast
For the breeze? – John Newmark
A Thanksgiving Paper Vase
You will need:
- A printed copy of the pictures (go to the links and print full-size)
- A paper plate, in a holiday print, or print the 2nd picture, full size
- Stuff to decorate the plate and put into the vase.
- Paperclips, rubber bands and a small rock or other weight.
- Fold along the red dotted lines.
- Cut out.
- Cut along the solid black lines.
- Fold along the solid yellow line.
- Put glue along the white x’d lines.
- Fold it up. The white x’d lines go to the inside.
- Use paper clips and/or rubber bands to hold your vase while it dries.
- Glue it to the center of your paper plate. Use the rock to hold it down while it dries.
- Decorate! Fill the vase with Pokies, swizzle sticks, flowers, dried leaves or whatever takes your fancy. Use the plate/base to hold holiday candies, acorns, pine cones and maybe even run a string of gold plastic beads through them to make things really fancy.
Wheel of the Year Candle – You will need candlewax from each Sabbat candle you use througout the year, a candle mold, and a new wick. This takes a whole year to make. You have to save some of the wax from the candles you used on each Sabbat and keep them in a special place for the whole year. As each Sabbat passes, add the next piece of wax. Since you used them for the Sabbat rituals, they have more power. Once the wheel of the year has made a complete cycle, melt the wax from the eight Sabbats together. Pour the melted wax into a candle mold, or cut a plastic cup in half; add a wick to the bottom of the cup and pour in the wax. Place it in the freezer to harden quickly. Keep it in your sacred space to bring a wonderful coming year. You could also do this with wax from the 13 Full Moons in a year. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Silliness – Pirate Joke
Where do pirates dream of raiding?