The sun is shining! It’s chilly, but nice in the sunshine, as long as you have a jacket. It was raining, earlier so everything is still wet, but it’s nice to see the sun for a bit. 1/8 of an inch of rain. 50F, wind at 4, here, but on the beaches it’s into the teens and the offshore buoy is registering in the 20’s. There was hail, earlier, that I missed, being asleep!
Yesterday there wasn’t much going: chores, a little embroidery, got my hair done, but then I didn’t sleep well, so Tempus let me sleep in this morning. I woke at 2 with a jump because I had a makeup class to do! He was fighting his computer so it another 1/2 hour before he knew I was up. <sigh> Not a good way to start the week!
...but I’m here. He had the shop open on time and had coffee waiting for me, plus a Pacific Sourdough berry turnover! Now *that*’s a good way to start the week! I’m hoping the lady will be back so we can get her class done. If not I’ll get back to work on some of the cookery from Tuesday night.
Sewing is from 6-8pm. I’ll be working on that embroidery project unless someone else needs help with theirs.
A picture from 10/25/15 by Ken Gagne of gulls in Yachats Bay.
The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Holiday Hours! We will be closed on 11/23 for Thanksgiving, but open early on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, both days as 10am and we’ll stay open into the evening, both days. We will be closed both December 25 and January 1, as well, and will close either on time or a little earlier on December 31. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/16 at 3:42pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 3:42am on 11/18.
As dawn brightens on Friday the 17th, a hair-thin Moon (only about 24 hours from new for North America) hides about 4° left or lower left of Venus, as shown here. Bring binoculars and sharp eyes! Upper right of Venus is Jupiter.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) rise together soon after dawn begins. On the morning of Saturday November 11th, Jupiter is 2° below Venus. They’re in conjunction on the morning of the 13th, an unusually close 1/3° apart. How different their surface brightnesses appear in a telescope! They’re almost equally reflective — but Venus is 7½ times closer to the illuminating Sun, so its surface brightness is more than 50 times greater. Thereafter they separate by almost 1° per day, now with Jupiter on top. Look for them barely above the east-northeast horizon about 30 or 40 minutes before your local sunrise time. Scan with binoculars if necessary, especially as dawn grows bright.
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 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
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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
Th 16 Low 4:39 AM 1.9 7:14 AM Rise 5:13 AM 6
~ 16 High 10:44 AM 8.3 4:48 PM Set 4:23 PM
~ 16 Low 5:28 PM 0.1
~ 16 High 11:41 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
~ Many a fair skin hides a foul mind. – Eyrbyggja Saga, c.16
~ Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt
~ Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience. – Norman Cousins
~ Nothing is more real than nothing. – Samuel Beckett
Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
They go to the fire; the nostril pricks with smoke
Wandering slowly into a weeping mist.
Brittle and blotched, ragged and rotten sheaves!
A flame seizes the smouldering ruin and bites
On stubborn stalks that crackle as they resist. – Robert Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)
Baconwrapped Smokies – http://www.recipe.com/bacon-wrapped-smokies/
- SERVINGS 45
- SERVING SIZE 1 smokie
- YIELD about 45 appetizers
- PREP TIME – 35 mins
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 16 ounce package small cooked smoked sausage links
- 15 slices bacon, each cut crosswise into thirds
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking panwith foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Wrap each sausagelink with a bacon piece, overlapping the bacon piece at the end. Press the end of the bacon piece to seal or secure it with a wooden toothpick.
- Place brown sugar in a large plastic storage bag. Add several bacon-wrapped sausages to bag and seal. Shake bag gently to coat sausages with brown sugar; place sausages in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining bacon-wrapped sausages and brown sugar.
- Bake about 30 minutes or until the bacon is browned. Serve immediately. Makes about 45 appetizers.
Make Ahead Tip
Prepare as directed through step 3. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. To serve, uncover and bake as directed in step 4.
Bacon-Wrapped TATER TOTS – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bacon-wrapped-tater-tots-120788.aspx?cm_mmc=eml-_-rbe-_-20151117-_-1048&cm_lm=E0D8E1A7A1BB7D0120DD49F51898D75A&bt_he= – Recipe by Kraft
- Prep Time 10min.
- Total Time 35min.
- Servings 12 servings
Fact: Bacon-wrapped anything will please any party-goer—from football fans to dinner party guests. Bonus: These are easy, made with ORE-IDA TATER TOTS .
What You Need
- 12 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cut crosswise in half
- 24 ORE-IDA TATER TOTS
- 1/4 cup KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. HEINZ Tomato Ketchup
- Heat oven to 375ºF.
- Wrap 1 bacon piece around each TATER TOT; place on rack of broiler pan.
- Bake 25 min. or until bacon is crisp, turning after 15 min. Meanwhile, mix mayo and ketchup.
- Serve TATER TOTS with mayo mixture.
Avocado Dip from Best Dips & Apps Ever by Monica Sweeney – Not your typical guacamole, this avocado dip is smooth like a veggie dip, but with the cool flavor of avocado. The best part about this dip is that it can be complemented by pita bread and fresh vegetables, but it can also be used as a refreshing spread for sandwiches and burgers.
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
- 1/4 cup lemon zest
- 2 large avocados
- 1/2 cup plain sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mince garlic and tarragon in a food processor.
- Scrape the mixture down and add remaining ingredients.
- Pulse until smooth.
Yield: 1 cup