We’ll be closed on Thursday for the holiday! Thursday’s Sewing time from 6-8pm is being pushed over to Saturday from 3-5pm.
We got 1.2 inches of rain yesterday and almost 1/3 of an inch so far today! There’s a flood watch, high wind watch and high wind warning. Ok, here comes winter…. Today the wind is lazy enough to go right through. It’s 50F at 3pm and the temp is dropping. Suddenly the snow reports have something in them, 2-5 inches at the places that I watch. There are whitecaps in the down-bay and it’s very grey.
What happened to yesterday? It was getting dark by the time I started looking for lunch, even! I got my marzipan finished and set up the garlic butter to blend for a couple of days (not that I didn’t wipe out the bowl with a piece of Tempus’ hot fresh bread…) About that time Tempus took off to work in the storage and I got back to work on WDW and kept getting distracted by what all I still need to do.
I got distracted enough to put together another blog page for the biscornu, but I didn’t try to finish it. I put it up as “under construction”, mostly for the benefit of a lady who is trying to learn how to make them.
Tempus got back not long after that and got himself some supper, since I had eaten quite a while earlier and the papers were going to be awhile….. stickers, black Friday ads…. we knew it was going to be a big one and a very long night.
He found me a bit of ground cedar so I spent some time in the evening making a batch of pincushion filling and then sifting a batch of sawdust for when we have more cedar again. Sand is *no* problem to find out here!
Tempus wasn’t done bagging papers until a few minutes before 1am. I worked on pages for the new pamphlet. Mostly there….
Tempus picked me up at almost 4:30am. It was getting light as we crawled into bed around 7am. Those were big, thick, heavy papers and he has a sore arm. The Moon came out several times during the run, a bright-white crescent, high in the sky. At other times there were glimpses of stars, but mostly it was all cloud, and several time pouring rain enough to make Tempus slow down. We made the run a little longer, too, going out to the spring to fill up some water jugs.
I’m going to work on the WDW pamphlet today and set up newsletters for the week. We’re starting in Yule magic as of Friday, so I need to get those files ready.
Ever wonder what happened to the dinosaurs? This is a baby Blue Heron! https://imgur.com/QAaLgbr
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens.,
as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time. I love this drawing of it, because you can clearly see the differences between it and the other artemisias, like sagebrush or wormwood…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–
The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE. They were striking over not having a living wage. Has anything changed? This probably was Khendjer’s pyramid in Saqquara, but I don’t have a lot more info. This pyramidon (the top stone on a pyramid) is from his pyramid.
They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday and on Thursday this week for Thanksgiving. Switching to Winter Hours! Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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 11/29 at 4:18am. 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 11/24 at 4:18pm.
As the Moon wanes further, it passes Gamma (γ) Virginis, Jupiter, and Spica in early dawn.
Two faint fuzzies naked-eye: The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Perseus Double Cluster are two of the most famous deep-sky objects. They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude, and in a good sky you can see each with the unaided eye. They’re located only 22° apart, very high toward the east early these evenings — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. To find exactly where to look, you’ll need a good sky chart. The all-sky constellation chart in the center of the November Sky & Telescope will do just fine.
Mars (magnitude +0.5) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 25° or 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
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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 Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
W 23 Low 1:34 AM 1.4 7:24 AM Rise 1:36 AM 35
~ 23 High 8:10 AM 7.4 4:42 PM Set 2:15 PM
~ 23 Low 2:45 PM 2.0
~ 23 High 8:27 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
~ A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. – Albert Einstein
~ Families are one of the principle sources of unhelpful habits in our lives. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Love is something you do – the giving of self, the sacrifices you make – even for people who offend or do not love in return. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. – Be Proactive
More important, I think, than who sits in the White House is who sits outside it. Whenever social injustices have had to be rectified, they were rectified not at the initiative of the president or Congress or the Supreme Court but because of social movements. – Howard Zinn; interview, The Boston Globe, November 14, 2004 – Wikiquote: Howard Zinn
A FEW NACHOS: What you have to let your belt out. (Charles G. Waugh)
BUFFET: A French word that means, “Get up and get it yourself.” (Internet Source)
CIRCUMSPECTIVE DESSERT: Pumpkin pi. (MsSam)
CROSS CHICKENS WITH TURKEYS: Get peeping toms. (Charles G. Waugh)
FOWL: Four letter bird. (Variation of a statement in Art. Moger, ed., The Complete Pun Book, 1979, p. 99)
GOES WELL WITH TURKEY SALAD: Wishbone® dressing. (Charles G. Waugh)
HOLIDAY GROCERY LIST: What you spend hours writing, then forget to take with you to the store. (Internet Source)
HOME COOKING: A place many a man thinks his wife is. (Stan Kegel)
INBRED TURKEY: Sandwich. (Charles G. Waugh)
MATING RITUAL: Trying to coordinate holiday dinnerware, glasses and silverware. (MsSam)
MCFEAST: Take-out turkey banquet. (Charles G. Waugh)
OLD-TIMER: One who can remember when folks sat down at the dinner table and counted their blessings instead of calories. (Internet Source)
RECIPE: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish even the dog won’t eat. (Internet Source)
SALAD BAR: The fast lane. (Charles G. Waugh)
SIX DRUMSTICK TURKEY: Urban leggin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
SPLIT SECOND: Pulling on the wishbone. (Charles G. Waugh)
STUFFED: How you look when you rebuckle your belt after Thanksgiving dinner. (MsSam)
STUFFING MAKER: Grainfully employed. (Charles G. Waugh)
THANKSGIVING: A holiday that always falls on Thursday because the Pilgrims came here in search of a four-day weekend. (Internet Source)
THANKSGIVING DINNER: A wing and a prayer. (Charles G. Waugh)
THANKSGIVING’S PATRON SAINT: Buffet Sainte-Marie. (Charles G. Waugh)
TIME TO STUFF A RUBBER TURKEY: Pranksgiving. (Joseph Leff)
TURKEY: Novem-bird. (Charles G. Waugh)
TURKEY BUFFET: Smorgasbird. (Charles G. Waugh) TURKEY LEFTOVERS: Hash reality. (Charles G. Waugh)
TURKEY SAUSAGE: Best of the wurst. (Charles G. Waugh and Joseph Leff)
TURKEYS: The stuffed of which dreams are made. (Statement by Charles G. Waugh and Kathy Sweet Waugh)
VEGGIE BANQUET: Garden of feedin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
VOLUNTEER TO WASH THE DISHES: What you should do if you need some time alone. (Loosely based on a statement from an Internet Source)
*** INDIGESTION WATCH FOR THURSDAY ***
*** BELLY ACHE ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY NIGHT ***
TODAY: CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF TURKEY WILL DEVELOP BY AFTERNOON, WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OF BETWEEN 350 TO 400 DEGREES. A HEAVY ACCUMULATION OF CRANBERRY SAUCE AND STUFFING WILL LIKELY ACCOMPANY THE TURKEY BY LATE IN THE DAY. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL RISE TO 100 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT: RESIDUAL SWEET AND MASHED POTATOES, ALONG WITH A FLOOD OF GRAVY . . . ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL DIMINISH TO NEAR ZERO BY EVENING.
TOMORROW: A LONG FRONTAL LINE IS EXPECTED TO STALL IN THE VICINITY OF MOST DEPARTMENT STORES AND SHOPPING CENTERS. STILL A GOOD CHANCE OF LINGERING TURKEY OR ISOLATED STUFFING.
SATURDAY: RESIDUAL TURKEY ACCOMPANIED BY DRIFTING AREAS OF MAYONNAISE IN SOME SPOTS.
LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY: STILL A CHANCE OF SOME LEFTOVER TURKEY, ACCOMPANIED ONCE AGAIN BY AN INCREASING RISK OF FOOTBALL.
Silliness –Late Night Funny – Saddam Hussein has been on a hunger strike for seventeen days. They had to nurse him back to health with a feeding tube to get him healthy enough so he can go back on trial. And then be put to death. It is an odd thing. Two years ago, we were dropping ten thousand pound bombs on the guy. Now we’re feeding him nutrients through a tube. No wonder he’s confused.” –Jimmy Kimmel