House Capuchin’s Project Day from Noon to 5pm.
Coming over the bridge we could see the cloud puddles beginning to steam up from the foothills. It’s very still and all the little hind-dunes lakes were mirrors. Clouds are at 2700 feet, lumpy and grey. They spit occasionally, but nothing more. It was dry under the trees, but not in the open. 54F and even on the beaches the wind is at 2mph. 94% humidity, though.
Yesterday went pretty well, although things have really slowed down from the tourist season. Tempus got the table cleaned up for the Herbs Workshop and we worked on bagging and prepping some of the dried harvest and getting the seasoning herbs put away.
After that I worked on various paperwork bits, but then got tired enough that I got a nap, while Tempus minded things. When I woke I had a counseling session right away and then I went back to my paperwork until it was time for Sewing. I started to do a fix on the piece I’ve been working on but just ran out of spoons, abruptly. After that I didn’t get anything more done, but watching some youtubes and puttering.
I was up for awhile during the night, and he must have been, too, but mostly we slept right through to 10am. Eep….
I’ve been out taking photos in the garden and sunroom this morning. Most of the ones in here are from last year, except for this last Samhain altar photo. I’ll be processing those today, along with various projects. I want to get that kneeler panel finished. Tempus ran over to the grocery for some eggs and maybe some turnovers or something of the sort. The shop’s open.
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
For those of us who love our kitties, today’s feast is National Cat Day, a day to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and feral cats. It’s a day to celebrate the ones that have forever homes with us and to open our eyes to the ones that don’t and should. The website is here: https://www.nationalcatday.com/ and there’s a facebook page and a Wikipedia page, plus events at various shelters.
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 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
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/2 at 10:23am.
All week, bright Venus and faint Mars shine in the east during early dawn. (The blue 10° scale is about a fist-width at arm’s length, always a handy measure.)
Spot Altair high in the southwest soon after dark. Two distinctive little constellations lurk above it: Delphinus the Dolphin >>>> , hardly more than a fist at arm’s length to Altair’s upper left, and fainter Sagitta the Arrow, slightly less far to Altair’s upper right. Sky too bright with moonlight? Use binoculars!
Mercury is hidden deep in the afterglow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
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.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 29 Low 2:18 AM 1.3 7:50 AM Set 1:24 AM 58
~ 29 High 9:05 AM 6.4 6:09 PM Rise 3:41 PM
~ 29 Low 3:06 PM 3.2
~ 29 High 8:34 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Accept yourself. Delight in your being! And there is no need to hanker for any meaning. Moment to moment is full of meaning. – Osho
~ Always in motion is the future. – Yoda
~ Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. – Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer
~ Believe that the world can change, and commit to your part of the solution. Look at the world with clear eyes, but remain hopeful, and celebrate! When you feel challenged, reach out and reach in.” – May Boeve, activist
When you have seen God You meditate on Him, Saying to yourself, “I am He.” But when you are without thought And you understand there is only one, Without a second, On whom can you meditate? – Ashtavakra Gita 18:16, From “The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita,” by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. http://www.shambhala.com.
Samhain Magick – Lore – DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS – http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020330/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Mexican-celebration-honoring-loved-ones-spreads-throughout-US
Written by Kym Klass
The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:
- Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds
- Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
- Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light
- Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art
- Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar
- Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on
- Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico
They honor the dead in respectful celebration.
At burial sites, or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.
“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Paela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favorite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”
The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tradition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coincide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.
“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversity. But it’s about getting to know them and understanding what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”
Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful celebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.
Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.
The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.
But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.
For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.
“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.
“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the Hispanic immigrant community.”
And it is a day Long said students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.
“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”
Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.
Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.
“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spirituality to it. I think it has a different flavor altogether.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Silliness – Welfare Applications
For those unfamiliar, Welfare payments are made in the US to individuals and families with income below a specific level. The following quotations are taken from actual letters received by the Welfare Department in applications for support of receiving payments.
- I am forwarding my marriage certificate and 6 children. I had seven but one died which was baptized on a half sheet of paper.
- I am writing the welfare department to say that my baby was born two years old. When do I get my money?
- Mrs. Jones has not had any clothes for two years and has been visited regularly by the clergy.
- I cannot get sick pay. I have six children can you tell me why?
- I am glad to report that my husband who is missing is dead.
- This is my eighth child. What are you going to do about it.
- Please find for if my husband is dead. The man I am now living with can’t do anything until he knows.
- I am very much annoyed to find out that you have branded my son illiterate. This is a dirty lie as I was married a week before he was born.
- In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a son weighing 10 lbs. I hope this is satisfactory.
- I am forwarding my marriage certificate and my 3 children one of which is a mistake as you can see.
- My husband got his project cut off about two weeks ago and I haven’t had any relief since.
Unless I get my husband’s money pretty soon, I will be forced to lead an immortal life.
- You have my changed little boy to a girl, will this make any difference?
- I have no children yet, as my husband is a truck driver and works night and day.
- I want money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with the doctor for two weeks and he doesn’t do me any good. If things don’t improve, I will have to send for another doctor.
- In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.