Daily Stuff 11-1-17 Dia De Los Muertos

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55F and everything is fairly wet. We only got .04 inches last night, but you’d swear it was 1/2 an inch! The wind is at 3mph and humidity at 85% when it was 31% yesterday afternoon. Rain is supposed to start in earnest this evening and then stay that was for awhile.

Yesterday was slow, but tiring. I got most of my chores done and then curled up with some embroidery, finally getting out to the garden, late, and deciding that I had most things that I needed to do out there already finished. There’s still some raking and clean-up and one planter box needs some repair, but otherwise things are almost ready for winter. I’ll still have to get the more tender stuff under the table after the foliage dies back but before it turns frosty. Tempus worked on laundry most of the day, alternating with helping Jeanne with some projects and a minor repair or three.

We headed for the shop after sunset and got some supper into us before Tempus dove into some paperwork and I got back to newsletter files. He headed out around 9 to get a bit of shopping done and was finished with that and bagging papers around 10:30. It was fun seeing everyone’s Halloween pictures from last night! I hope you had a good one!

I spent awhile setting up a chicken stew in the slow-cooker and a set of carrot pickles, then curled up with a book/nap until around 11:30, then got back to work.

Tempus decided to double-bag, fearing rain, and got on the road at midnight. I started by looking up how to do buttermilk cheese, or quark or tvarog, domazni syr. Since it takes sitting time I figured I’d get it started and the first part is letting it sit for 24 hours or so to culture the milk. Of course I had to develop the pictures which took a few minutes. …and then doing write-ups and finding a few more recipes, and cutting up the chicken and spicing the stew and sorting silverware and herbs, and printing some headers and cutting and stapling and pretty quick Tempus was here!

He got to the shop at 4. I needed him to get the stew into the fridge, but then we headed out.

It was a slow evening. Everything was damp, which made the unimproved roads “interesting” and the papers were flying oddly, skittering away into the bushes or under things, which meant he’d need to get out and grab them and re-toss. There was one where he said, “That won’t happen, twice!” The paper landed on the sidewalk, did a Olympic back-flip, landed at the base of the stairs, flipped again, but this time *up* two stairs and stuffed itself under the porch pumpkin!

We were talking most of the time, small stuff about cheese and recipes and what’s in the fridge, and more about articles that we had read online during the day.

…and it’s definitely winter and there’s a sand dune in the usual winter spot on Oceania in Bayshore and we didn’t see it until we were in it. Tempus knows some *interesting* cuss words…. He got out, got the shovel and sand went flying for a few minutes, then got back in and away we went, but he’s going to remember to go around the other way for the next 1/2 year.

Fog and drippiness followed us for the whole run and we did go out to the spring for some water, which makes things longer. In the last part where we were finishing up the Crestline area I was starting to wonder if it was getting light. By the last drop I was certain and when we were done we went down the path to the apartment in mid-twilight, disappointed by no Moon and tired enough to sleep hard.

Tempus has already headed out somewhere. Not sure if he went up to work on laundry or over to the shop, since we have someone picking stuff up late this afternoon. I have to get a few more things ready for the week.

Saturday! Don’t forget!

Juniper BerryJuniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae – These range from a shrub to a tall tree and sometimes are wildly contorted by wind and age. The berry is actually a cone with the “petals” fused together. Used as a spice, especially for game meats, it’s tasty, if you don’t overdo it. It’s the main flavoring for most varieties of gin, as well and an essential oil is made from some varieties. – Mars, Sun, Aries, Masculine, Fire

Juniper sap tear

Primarily applies to preservation of health. Attracts healthy energies, drives out bad. A lesson in moderation. Often used in cleansing rituals, especially the “tears” of the resin. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper

Dias Muertos 1

Today’s feast is Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page:  http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos

“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – 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.)
The bright Moon is below the Great Square of Pegasus. Look to the Moon’s left by about three fists at arm’s length for the two or three brightest stars of Aries, lined up roughly horizontal.
Jupiter is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.

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 Aries
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Topaz


©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

W    1      Low   4:49 AM     1.2   7:54 AM     Set  4:40 AM      85
~     1     High  11:05 AM     7.8   6:05 PM    Rise  5:13 PM
~     1      Low   5:32 PM     0.9
~     1     High  11:30 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Know that I have the Inner strength of Love and Light within my heart, to Create Peace, Bliss, Love and Joy in my life now


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe each member of your family one by one. Ad photos and personality descriptions.



~  Let me listen to myself and not to them. – Gertrude Stein
~  Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. – Seneca
~  Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities. – Lord Dunsany
~  Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to “jump at the Sun.” We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. – Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960) American Writer

There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was far faster than light;
She started one day
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night. – Arthur Henry Reginald Buller (Dec. 19, 1923)


Samhain Magick – Lore

Since I have several Mexican-Amer. friends so we always combine these ideas within our circle.  ~joy

Dia De Los Muertos: A Joyful Mexican Celebration by C Markello , Kathy Bean – http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5011306521&CRID=nullCRnull&OFFID=news20061021k

What is the Dia de los Muertos?

Every October, those celebrating the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico begin preparing for the colorful and festive tradition honoring family and friends who have passed away. This tradition, rich in folk art, is rooted in ancient practices of the indigenous people of Latin America blended with Spanish traditions brought to the New World in the early 1500s. Unlike the gruesome and haunting events often associated with Halloween, the centuries-old tradition of Day of the Dead brings families and communities together as they celebrate and honor the deceased. From region to region, the Mexican celebration varies in length from one or two days to as long as a couple of weeks. Typically, November 1 is reserved for the souls of the returning angelitos or children, and November 2 for the return of the adult souls.

What Traditions Can Be Found?

Ofrendas, or altars, created by families display favorite foods and trinkets thought to be appreciated by their deceased ancestors, as well as candles and photographs of the deceased to honor their passing and welcome their souls to the festivities. The construction of the ofrendas varies from region to region throughout Mexico. For example, the residents of Huaquechula, located in the state of Puebla, create polychrome pottery for their ofrendas. In this region, ofrendas are built from a series of graduated boxes covered in white cloth and stacked on the table. In Oaxaca, stalks of sugar cane are tied to the table legs forming an arch over the ofrenda. Miniature skeletons made of clay, wood, and papier-mache representing a profession or a life-like activity might be displayed as a remembrance of loved ones’ favorite activities. Calaveras or skeleton masks inspired by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada may also be included.


Food and drink are placed on the ofrenda as gifts to the returning souls. These offerings of nourishment are thought to help sustain the visiting soul on its journey to and from the living world. Items such as pan de muerto or sweet bread loaves; atole made of corn cooked with milk or water; chicken in a sauce made with chocolate, chile, and sesame seeds called mole; as well as fruit, tamales, soft drinks and flesh water. Altars for angelitos consider a child’s tastes, often including a bowl of milk, chocolate, mamones or cakes, and toys.


Cempasuchil or yellow marigolds and other flowers such as the purple Mano de Leon or cockscomb are sold in the markets for decorating altars and gravesites. The petals of these flowers are sprinkled in the doorway of the home and on the way to the cemetery, and on the graves so their aromas will help guide the returning souls.

Family members make processions to the cemetery bringing offerings and decorations to the gravesites. In some regions, skeleton masks are worn to make fun of death. Once at the grave, families keep watch all night, lighting candles to guide the souls. Meanwhile, musicians play celebratory music, while priests offer blessings.

Across the Border

Day of the Dead celebrations can be found in a variety of forms within the United States. One such celebration takes place in Houston at the Lawndale Art Center. Every fall teachers, students, parents, and artists work toward a community celebration in honor of the Mexican tradition. Primarily art specialists, but also teachers of other disciplines and of all grade levels explore Day of the Dead concepts and encourage student production of artwork, such as life-size papier-mache skeletons, student created ofrendas, and two-dimensional drawings depicting Day of the Dead themes for exhibition at Lawndale Art Center.

The exhibition culminates with a celebration day for the community to view student creations and participate in activities such as decorating sugar skulls, making traditional papel picado or cut-paper decorations, and contributing to a community ofrenda. In the fall of 2004, in an effort to improve understanding of the traditions related to the Day of the Dead, Lawndale Art Center in conjunction with the Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education at the University of Houston launched a Web site link as an informational resource for teachers and students. This Web site, lawndaleartcenter, org/dod, is available to anyone interested in learning more about the celebration.

Classroom Activities

Through discussion, encourage students to explore the topic of Day of the Dead in order to determine their existing understanding of the tradition. After selecting age-appropriate resources, introduce students to imagery and readings followed by discussion. Continue the discussion with the exploration of other traditions and art surrounding the dead, such as the practices used in ancient Egypt. As students gain more understanding of the traditions associatied with the Day of the Dead, examine the difference between the American tradition of Halloween and the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead.

Related Studio Activities

Processional Day of the Dead Masks: Demonstrate how to apply papier-mache or plaster of Paris strips to mask molds. When the masks are dry, use tempera or acrylic paint to paint a solid colored background. Once dry, paint colorful designs used for calaveras or skulls.

Miniature Ofrendas

Have students select a deceased relative or person they wish to honor. After reviewing items traditionally used on ofrendas, choose an image of the person, as well as two- and three-dimensional objects or imagery to offer the person being honored. Use glue and wire to fasten the selections inside a small box or onto a two-dimensional support such as a piece of mat board or cardboard.


Ancona, G. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1993.

Carmichael, E., & Sayer, C. The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1997.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, D. Day of the Dead: a Mexican-American Celebration. New York: Holiday House, 1994.

Markello, C., & Wood, J. Day of the Dead / Dfa de los Muertos, from http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/dod, 2004.


Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art.


http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/dod http://www.azcentral.com/rep/dead http://www.storyboardtoys.com/gallery/ Jerome.htm

Carrie Markello, a Houston Endowment LITE Fellow, is working toward a doctorate in art education at the University of Houston. crnarkello@uh.edu. Kathy Bean is an art teacher at Edgewood Elementary School in Houston, Texas.



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