Minus Tide at 9:29 PM of -0.7 feet. House Capuchin Project Day today, noon to 6pm.
Yesterday started *far* too early! We were up around 7am and in the car well before 8, onsite and unpacked and 90% set up before 9am
and Tempus was back with the two trees for display by 9:30. From that point on I tagged pincushions, then started stitching some. I got to visit awhile with Nina who is doing the mushroom walk. I really like her. I got to hang out with some of the other vendors and the folks from the Moose, just chatting and getting to know how folks roll.
I did have some good sales at the event and only bought some sweets and some flowers. I sold 4 of the pincushions! Tempus took advantage of a customer lull to bring me a sandwich and found me packing down a bit after 2pm. The event was supposed to run until 3pm, but they wanted us out by then, rather than just starting to pack up at that point.
He went back after the car and I got to visit with a couple more people while I was waiting for him. I had been intending to walk back, but it made more sense to have him pick me and the stock up.
So we got packed and went back to the shop. I took a short nap during which time the books multiplied, which I have to work on today. Wow, that’s a lot of deck to clear
I’m still at the apartment. The combination of smokers, pollens, molds and other things made my asthma kick up and I finally got to sleep very late, so Tempus let me sleep in today. I’m actually at the apartment waiting for him while I’m writing this, but because I didn’t have the brains yesterday evening to set the newsletter up, so it’s going to have to go out *very* late today.
…and now finally at the shop. Just as we were pulling in there was a crow on the tailgate of a pickup that squawked at us. …Bless my sweetie! He had coffee ready! … The mouse on the computer has been starting to malfunction and it quit just as I was getting ready to finish this up! Tempus found a replacement. It looks like the Project Day is going to run late today, too.
Today’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
The shop is open 11-7pm 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 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
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 10/19 at 12:12pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/12 at 5:25am.
Can you still spot Antares twinkling to the lower right of Saturn this week? They’re 14° apart, almost a fist and a half at arm’s length.
The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted up. Look along the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Notice the dimmer naked-eye star partway along that segment. That’s Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4, a Sun-like star just 19 light-years away with an orange-dwarf companion. It’s a lovely binary pair in a telescope, with an easy separation of 20 arcseconds. Left of Eta Cas along the segment is a fainter, much wider pair: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, separation 0.3° (1,200 arcseconds). This pair consists of two orange giants, and they’re unrelated to each other; they’re 200 and 400 light-years from us.
The waning gibbous Moon rises in mid-evening with the <<< Pleiades to its upper left and Aldebaran >>> and the Hyades to its lower left.
Venus is the bright “Morning Star,” (magnitude –3.9) is low due east in the dawn. Just above it is faint Mars, magnitude +1.8, only 1/200 as bright. They were in conjunction on the morning of October 5th and are now drawing apart. On the morning of Saturday the 7th they’re 1° apart (at dawn for North America), and by the 14th they’re 5° apart. Venus is getting lower, Mars higher. Why their great brightness difference? Whenever Mars appears anywhere near Venus, it seems to get scared and fade. That’s because Venus is never seen far from our line of sight to the Sun. Whenever Mars is anywhere near our line of sight to the Sun, it has to be on the far side of its orbit from us: about as far and faint as it gets.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 8 High 2:55 AM 7.4 7:23 AM Set 10:37 AM 94
~ 8 Low 8:45 AM 1.3 6:44 PM Rise 9:04 PM
~ 8 High 2:45 PM 8.5
~ 8 Low 9:29 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
~ The only problem with many things is the pre-conceived ideas we have about them! – Shanti
~ The very thing that holds you back is the excuse that you have for not doing it. – David Neagle
~ The word impossible is not in my dictionary. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves. – Lyndon Johnson
On the 16th of January, 1832, we anchored at Porto Praya, in St Jago, the chief island of the Cape de Verd archipelago. The neighbourhood of Porto Praya, viewed from the sea, wears a desolate aspect. The volcanic fires of a past age, and the scorching heat of a tropical sun, have in most places rendered the soil unfit for vegetation. The country rises in successive steps of table-land, interspersed with some truncate conical hills, and the horizon is bounded by an irregular chain of more lofty mountains. – Charles Darwin; The Voyage of the Beagle, Ch. 1
Eye-Opening Fried Cornmeal Mush – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 3/4 cups water in a pan
Bring the 2 3/4 cups of water to a boil. In bowl, combine the cornmeal, 1 cup water, salt, and sugar. Gradually add this mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Pour into a shallow loaf pan. Chill in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, turn out of pan onto a platter or flat countertop. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Fry slowly in hot fat (bacon or sausage drippings) or very small amount of vegetable oil. Turn once. When browned, serve warm with butter and syrup or fresh fruit.
Makes 6 servings
BeWitching Apple Pancakes – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 tbs. sugar
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1tsp. salt
- 2 well beaten egg yolks
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
- 1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
- 2 stiffly beaten egg whites
In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon.
Makes 12 pancakes.
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins by Gerina Dunwich – (This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)
- 4 cups Flour
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon Ginger
- 1-1/2 cups Raisins
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
- 4 Eggs
- 2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water.
- Mix together well.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
- Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out.
(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Silliness – 10 Guinness’ in 10 Minutes
An American walks into an Irish pub and says, “I’ll give anyone $100 if they can drink 10 Guinness’s in 10 minutes.”
Most people just ignore the absurd bet and go back to their conversations. One guy even leaves the bar.
A little while later that guy comes back and asks the American, “Is that bet still on?”
“Sure,” he says.
So the bartender lines 10 Guinness’ up on the bar the Irishman drinks them all in less than 10 minutes.
As the American hands over the money he asks, “Where did you go when you just left?”
The Irishman answers, “I went next door to the other pub to see if I could do it.”