Daily Stuff 10-31-17 Blessed Samhain

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60F with very little wind and a clear blue sky! The light is falling golden through the trees, making them glow. This is the last day of the clear weather, though. Tomorrow is supposed to start back in on the rain.

As soon as yesterday’s newsletter was out I started filling in some of the files. For some that happens twice a year, some I’m refilling every week, but I had too many that needed it! That took a bit. I did a little work on some embroidery designs. Tempus finally got around to supper after sunset. We’re supposed to be closing at 5pm, now, but he likes to stay.

When we got home, rather than starting laundry he went right to sleep. He’s been up this morning, back and forth, while I was still snoozing. There were a lot of little loads of: white small pieces, a load of a dark red of an unknown fiber content, my new yellow dress and a load of small stuffed animals that have been waiting for months to get done. I can take my small laundry basket back to the shop, now, so we have some place to put the small loads that are generated by things there.

I spent part of the evening working on that kneeler panel that is now going to become a pouch. Picking all the black floss out was a pain in the tukas! Now that it’s done, though, filling in the white shouldn’t take very long and then I can embroider the ermine spots on top.

We have more chores to do today around the apartment. I need to sort out some of the shelves in back again. He needs to do dishes and I want to get the new cloth on the table, so I can use some of those white bits of fabric to mend the old cloth, and of course we’ll have clothes to sort out and put away.

This evening is the paper run. Hoping for a clear night, ‘coz of the Moon! Tempus is going to have to go to the store for some small stuff. Until he comes to pick me up I’m intending to work on embroidery patterns. I have a kit due out this coming week, plus I want to get a couple of others made up, since I printed the instructions over the last couple of days.

Fall Back

plant flower Dogviolet viola aduncaToday’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola 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_adunca or 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.

It’s Halloween!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.

0_hh_P_boun1Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.

Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
jack1a3through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.


“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

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 ancientlight@peak.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.  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.)
For this Halloween evening, a bright waxing gibbous Moon shines in the southeast to south. It’s lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus at dusk, and directly below it later in the evening. The Great Square is about 15° on a side, somewhat larger than your fist at arm’s length.
Mars (magnitude +1.8, in Virgo) is higher in the dawn, well to the upper right of Venus. Their separation grows a bit from 14° on October 28th to 16° by November 4th. Venus is getting lower, Mars higher.

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. 

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 11:43pm.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Black

Planting 10/30-31


©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

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Tu  31      Low   4:04 AM     1.2   7:53 AM     Set  3:32 AM      77
~    31     High  10:28 AM     7.3   6:07 PM    Rise  4:43 PM
~    31      Low   4:49 PM     1.7
~    31     High  10:37 PM     6.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sap from the maple tree flows faster before a rain shower.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Friends – In what ways do you sometimes wish to act to be a better friend, but don’t? Why do you find yourself unable to do these things?



~  Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
~  Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  I saw somewhere that faith was a blind man looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there. And finding it. – Laurel Ennis
~  I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision. – Thoreau

In night when colors all to black are cast,
Distinction lost, or gone down with the light;
The eye a watch to inward senses placed,
Not seeing, yet still having powers of sight. – Lord Brooke Fulke Greville (1554–1628)


Samhain Magick – Recipes

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. butter
    • 9-10 marshmallows
    • 12 c. popcorn
    • Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes, add marshmallows & microwave until melted.
    • Pour over popcorn.

Anja’s Note – You can make popcorn balls of this if you butter your hands before trying to squeeze them into shape, otherwise scatter over aluminum foil and let cool. You can also sprinkle with Halloween decors and/or ground nuts to make a really fun treat!

Popcorn Balls – These are fun to make and fun to give–wrap them in orange tinted cellophane or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon. This makes about 18 three inch balls. Unless you have a really large pot, make these in two batches.

  • 1/2 cup solid margarine
  • 2-10oz packages of large, white marshmallows
  • orange paste food coloring
  • 20 cups popped, fresh plain or colored popcorn (don’t use microwave corn)
  • 1 cup candy corn (optional)…
  • extra butter
  1. Melt margarine in a large pot.
  2. Add marshmallows, turning to cover with oil well, and cooking slowly to melt completely.
  3. Stir in tiny amounts of food coloring with a toothpick until the color appeals to you.
  4. When completely melted, remove from heat.
  5. stir in popcorn and candy, covering well with melted marshmallow until marshmallow turns to stringy threads.
  6. Let sit a few minutes.
  7. Melt extra butter
  8. Butter all popcorn ball-maker’s hands liberally, and begin to pack mixture into balls. Adults mind that the mixture can still be quite hot, so put aside a pan in which to set balls down if children find them too hot.
  9. Let balls thoroughly cool, then wrap them up!

[Anja’s Note – Kids love to roll these in sprinkles, chopped nuts or Halloween mini-candies!]

Popcorn Ball syrup

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. dark Karo corn syrup
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Boil mixture several minutes, then put a drop in cold water.  If drop forms a hard, brittle ball, it is ready to pour over popped corn.  If it doesn’t harden, cook longer and keep testing every few minutes.  Once it is ready, butter your hands well and start making popcorn balls.  Keep your hands buttered, it’s easy to get burned.

Soothsayer’s Sliced Apples – Makes 48 slices.
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
6 large, firm apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Place the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat until it is almost melted.
  2. Remove from heat, stir, and let cool.
  3. Spread the nuts in a small bowl.
  4. Dip the apples into the chocolate and shake off excess.
  5. Then dip the apples into the nuts to coat the bottom.
  6. Set them 3 inches apart on a lightly buttered tray and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  7. In a small pot, stir together the sugar, cream, corn syrup, butter, and salt.
  8. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  9.  Cook until the mixture reaches 240, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove pot from heat and add vanilla.
  11. Pour the hot caramel over the apples, a little at a time, letting it drip down the sides.
  12. Cool the apples but don’t refrigerate them.
  13. When ready to serve, slice the apples in half and remove the cores.
  14. Cut each half into 4 slices.


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