The cold has moderated. The wind has calmed down. It’s just wet. Coming over the bridge you could see that the cloud layer was all tangled in the trees and in some spots the cloud was coming right down to the ground in rain. Lotus Lake was all little magic circles from the droplets. 56F, wind at 8mph with gusts into the teens. 1/5 of an inch of rain yesterday and 2/5 so far today. It looks more showery than steady rain through the weekend, but late Sunday and into next week looks more interesting.
Yesterday went well. The time I spent with the lady with the furs was fun. We talked a *lot*! She’s going to bring some borage flowers tomorrow for Herbs and we’ll candy them. After that I’m not really certain where the day went. I did a lot of book inventory work, for certain, although there’s more again.
Tempus had his paper route last night, and
stopped and did some shopping before he started the run, getting the shallots that he missed the other day and finding me an apple-pear. I spent the evening doing some research and a little embroidery before turning in. He got in early, way before I expected him, since he got done at 5:30.
Today he has errands in Newport and is going to be gone for most of the afternoon, which means no readings today. I’m going to keep going on books. Tonight, the rest of the 101 class is supposed to start the course.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Festival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day
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 11/18 at 3:42am. 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 11/10 at 12:36pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11.13 at 3:42pm.
On July 25th, Shahrin Ahmad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, took a telescopic video of Regulus emerging from behind the Moon’s bright limb. Plan for this now: In broad daylight on Saturday morning the Moon, just past last quarter, occults Regulus for much of North America. You’ll need a telescope and very clear air. The star disappears on the Moon’s bright limb and reappears from behind the dark limb. See the November Sky & Telescope, page 51. Map and timetables.
Algol should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 7:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) rise during dawn, with brighter Venus on top. Jupiter starts the week too low to see at all, but by the morning of November 11th it’s just 2° below Venus. They’ll be in conjunction, an unusually close 1/3° apart, on the morning of the 13th. Look for them barely above the east-northeast horizon about 45 to 30 minutes before your local sunrise time, and bring binoculars.
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-November 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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
©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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 10 High 5:48 AM 7.0 7:06 AM Set 1:21 PM 62
~ 10 Low 11:28 AM 3.2 4:54 PM Rise 11:48 PM
~ 10 High 5:07 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love like you’ve never been hurt.
~ We tend not to see things as they are, but rather as we wish things to be. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ When all choices seem wrong, choose restraint. – Mace Windu
~ When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are. – R. H. Grant
~ When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. – Dalai Lama
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your… children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. – Mother Theresa
Turkey Pumpkin – Turn a pumpkin into a turkey. This idea can be used with any size pumpkin, from mini to large. Young children will need help piercing the pumpkin skin to attach the decorations.
Crayons, markers, paint, or colored pencils
Thick craft glue, rubber cement or hot glue
Toothpicks, or skewers, or popsicle sticks
Card stock or thin cardboard or construction paper
You will need to cut out tail feathers and wing feathers that are the right size for your pumpkin — which will be the body. Use colored construction paper or color your own on card stock. Cut as many as you wish. Your turkey can have a huge feathery tail and wings OR you can use only 5 feathers to create the effect you want!
You also need to cut out a turkey head and neck — think of a circle head attached to a long narrow triangle neck. You can do it, I’m sure!
Attach your head/neck piece to a popsicle stick with glue. Be sure to leave about an inch of stick to poke into the pumpkin. Draw on a beak, a neck wattle and a face. When it’s all dry and done press the stick into the pumpkin where you want it. IF it is too difficult, someone who is old enough can use a knife to make slits for the sticks.
Glue the feathers to sticks in the same manner to create wings and the tail.
If you want to try to glue feathers directly to the pumpkin, it will work with some kinds of glue — perhaps you can use thumbtacks to help. Rubber cement is good for this because if you paste some onto the pumpkin and some onto the feather then let them almost dry before you put them together, they stick VERY firmly!
Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Gloves
Directions to make a turkey centerpiece using two or three sets of knitted gloves. You use small gloves. You stuff the fingers to form the tails of this turkey centerpiece. Using three different colors of gloves made for a colorful turkey. Body can be a pine cone or a squash. Make a head of paper with googly eyes.
Silliness – Coming Home Drunk
A very drunk man turns up at his house at 6 o’clock in the morning with his hair and clothes disheveled. His long suffering wife, who has been waiting up all night, shouts at him furiously, “I hope you have a good reason for getting home blind drunk at this time of the morning!”
“Yes,” replied the man, “I’d like some breakfast!”