First Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:00 PM of -0.2 feet.
It’s a lot drier this morning, even sunlight trying to come through the clouds. It didn’t succeed, but it was trying. 52F, wind at 5, gusts into the low teens. We’ve only gotten 1/10 of an inch of rain since midnight after getting and inch *plus* that, yesterday! The rain is supposed to be back tonight. There’s actually a little sunshine out there, now….. and it’s raining. 🙂
The first day of our workweek always starts a little crazy. Yesterday was no exception, but it settled down after an hour and some change. I got another set of apple stuff set up and cooking by around 2:30 and my pills were finally in at the pharmacy so Tempus went after them. …and then he had to run out again to the bank and the PO, later.
He made bread and I set up newsletters. He was also working in back along with trying to make his computer behave. The most recent set of updates just went through. My computers didn’t have a problem with it, but he had to argue with his.
I had a reading come in at the end of the day while Tempus was at the PO. They left to get ice cream and I got the mail sorted…and they never came back. Sewing Workshop happened. I mostly worked on the needlepoint.
Jeanne stopped by for Tempus so he could help at home for a bit. When he got back he got us some supper.
Eventually we closed up and headed home. I settled in with my books and some drawings while he took off for Newport. He had a good run last night despite the rain and wind and was home by 6am, even though the papers were late.
Today we have more cleaning to do and I have to get ready for tomorrow. I’m going to an event in Veneta for the day, mostly to see some friends, and catch up with people, so I have to get those things ready, too.
….and of course, we’ve had people in and out, so this took longer than usual!
A picture that our son Arthur took on 10/19/15 of the San Diego sunset. Wow!
Sweet Woodruff, Galium odoratum is also called: sweetscented bedstraw, Master of the Woods and wild baby’s breath. The sweet smell persists when dried which makes it great for potpourri. It is also used as a flavoring agent in wines, beers, soft drinks and syrups and even in green gummy bears! The traditional witchy use is in May Wine along with strawberries, but you have to be careful not to steep it too long because coumarin (the odiferous agent) can give people headaches. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Carry to attract money, bring victory for athletes and warriors. In a pouch of leather it guard against harm. cordiality, eternal life, rejoicing. Wiki article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galium_odoratum
In 1947 on this date the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was formed. Often called “the McCarthy era”, most liberals saw it as a witch-hunt. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee
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
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 11/3 at 10:23pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 10/21 at 12:12am. Diana’s Bow – On 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 10/24 at 12:12am.
This week, the big W of Cassiopeia stands almost on end high in the northeast. Below it, binoculars will show the Double Cluster of Perseus.
The modest Orionid meteor shower continues in the early-morning hours for the next couple of nights. The apparent radiant point of the shower is near Orion’s Club, low in the east after midnight and high in the south by the beginning of dawn. The morning sky is free of moonlight. See Orionid Meteors Max Out Sunday Morning.
Look for <<<< Capella sparkling low in the northeast this week. Look for the Pleiades >>>> cluster about three fists at arm’s length to its right. These harbingers of the cold months to come rise higher as evening grows late. Upper right of Capella, and upper left of the Pleiades, the stars of Perseus stand astride the Milky Way. Upper left of Perseus is Cassiopeia.
Mercury and Jupiter are buried deep in the sunset.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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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
F 20 High 1:31 AM 7.3 7:38 AM Rise 8:22 AM 0
20 Low 7:25 AM 1.4 6:23 PM Set 7:21 PM
20 High 1:24 PM 8.2
20 Low 8:00 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When spiders weave their webs by Noon, fine weather is coming soon
~ Listen to your heart and not to naysayers. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Long shall a man be tried. (Grettir’s Saga, c.20)He who knoweth the precepts by heart, but faileth to practice them, is like unto one who lighteth a lamp and then shutteth his eyes. Siddha Nagarjuna
~ Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with. – Peter Marshall
~ Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
All day I have watched the purple vine leaves
Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver. – Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
Legendary Oven Hash – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 cup coarsely ground beef
- 1 cup coarsely ground potatoes
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground onion
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1- 6oz can evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine melted
In frying pan, combine and cook beef, potatoes, onion, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce, and evaporated milk. Remove from heat and turn out into a 1 qt casserole dish. Mix bread crumbs with melted butter/margarine and sprinkle on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
Pumpkin Soup – –from Auramooth’s Wiccan Page
- 4 pounds of peeled pumpkin, chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 apples, chopped
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg or 3 t. curry powder
- 1 t. salt
- 2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- freshly ground pepper
- Place pumpkin, apples, onion, stock, nutmeg and salt in the water in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Cover and simmer 40 minutes until pumpkin is tender.
- Puree in a blender or processor.
- Return to pan and add milk and pepper.
- Garnish with cilantro if curry is used.
Sun God Sausage and Eggs – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 lb. Bulk pork sausage
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 1/4 cup butter/margarine
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1- 16oz bag frozen fresh corn
- 1 cup soft bread crumbs
- 1 cup coarsely ground turnip
- 1 zucchini squash sliced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
In a frying pan, cook sausage and turnip, drain. In a sauce pan boil zucchini slices until tender, drain. Slice two of the eggs and line the bottom of a 1 1/2 qt casserole dish. For second layer, top eggs with 1/2 of the zucchini slices, put other half aside. In the sauce pan melt butter/margarine, blend in flour, salt, and a dash of pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Stir in sausage mixture and corn. Pour 1/2 mixture over eggs, arrange the rest of the zucchini slices, pour in rest of mixture. Slice the remaining two eggs and arrange on top of mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated all the way through.
Makes 6 servings.
Silliness – Bad Signs
A young woman who was several months pregnant boarded a bus. Then she noticed a young man smiling at her, and she began feeling humiliated on account of her condition. She changed her seat and he seemed more amused. She moved again and then on her fourth move he burst out laughing.
She had him arrested for harassing her.
Then the case came before the court, the young man was asked why he acted in such a manner.
His reply was: When the lady boarded the bus I couldn’t help noticing she was pregnant under an advertisement which read “Coming Soon: The Gold Dust Twins”, then she moved under one that read “Sloan’s Liniment to remove swelling”. I was even more amused when she sat under a shaving advertisement which read “William’s Stick Did The Trick”. Then I could not control myself any longer when on the fourth move she sat under an advertisement which read “Dunlop Rubber would have prevented this accident.”
The case was dismissed.