Daily Stuff 9-29-18 Michaelmas

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne! Herbs Workshop is over for the day. Sewing at 3pm.

It’s cloudy and looks like rain, but it’s still dry out there. It was only a 35% chance today. 61F, wind at 8, AQI of 35 and it’s making my lungs itch.

I never managed to open today’s file to write, yesterday! It was really crazy. We spent the early part of the day trying to get enough things put away that folks could some in and shop and then the rest of the day trying to find things, or that’s what it felt like. I was so exhausted that I collapsed after supper and I’m still trying to get myself together here at the shop this morning. This has been one <bleep> of a couple of weeks!

So, the shop is together enough to shop. You might have to hunt a bit to find Tempus or me, though. Look for the tukases sticking out of large boxes…. I might have gone to sleep in one, you never know!

…and yes, we’ll have Sewing Workshop this afternoon. Mostly because I need to sit down and rest! 🙂

A photo by Ken Gagne of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, boat in the harbor and jetty from earlier in September.

herbal roast gooseToday’s Feast is Michaelmas. During the Middle Ages Michaelmas was a Holy Day of Obligation, nearly equal to Easter. It was a day when yearly rents were due (the harvest is in by now….) when university terms began (still do, for many) and folks had a fun party. Some folklore has it that this is the day that Michael dumped the devil out of heaven. Goose is traditionally associated with the festival. (….so are dragons….)  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas

oenothera evening primroseToday’s Plant is Evening primroseOenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose

The shop opens at 11am. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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

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 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 10/8 at 8:47pm. 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 10/2 at 2:45am. 

Every September, the late-night waning gibbous Moon crosses late-night Taurus.There’s roughly a two-hour window of darkness now between twilight’s end and moonrise (for in the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The window gets longer every night this week. Take the opportunity to work through Jerry Oltion’s “Tourist Guide to the Autumn Highlights” for small scopes in the October Sky & Telescope, page 28. Late tonight when the Moon does rise, it’s in company with Aldebaran — though not necessarily quite as shown here. By Sunday morning the 29th, the Moon and Aldebaran are shining very high toward the south.

Go out around 10 p.m. local time tonight, look toward the northeast, and find the W-shaped asterism that marks the main part of the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. Then, using binoculars, scan about 10° to the east for the famed Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884). This pair of open star clusters lies in the constellation Perseus the Hero. From a dark site, they appear as fuzzy patches to the naked eye. Any optics, especially 10-power binoculars, really bring out their glory.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows pale yellow in the south-southwest at dusk. It’s about three fists at arm’s length to the right of brighter Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 6:26am.
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Harvest 9/29-10/1

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  29     High   4:00 AM     6.5   7:12 AM     Set 11:56 AM      85
~    29      Low   9:41 AM     2.0   7:01 PM    Rise 10:00 PM
~    29     High   3:42 PM     7.7
~    29      Low  10:35 PM     0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know your own worth what need you care about the acceptance or rejection of others?


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about how your parents influenced your spiritual beliefs.



~  Never quit. Use each setback, each disappointment as a cue to push on ahead with more determination than ever before. – Ralph Marston
~  A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past. – Queen Elizabeth I of England
~  All should be told to a friend. – Egil’s Saga, c.56
~  Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is miracle.” Marianne Williamson

He didn’t come out of my belly, but my God, I’ve made his bones, because I’ve attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I’m so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter


Magick – Two Autumn Thoughts

Heartwings Love Notes 281 – Honoring the Harvest

Heartwings says, “Harvest time fills us with gratitude for its bounty.”

My favorite farm stand overflows with orange pumpkins. My favorite Maple tree is a brilliant red and gold feast for the eye. Shiny apples, ripe blue plums, melons, concord grapes–fruits of autumn enrich my senses with their bounty. Fall is my favorite time of year, not the least because of its foods but also because it is a feast for all the senses: as I prepare them I inhale the scent of the harvest of vegetables, I bite into one and relish the apple’s crunch, my tongue curls around the texture of the rich purple grapes.

Spring too is special. I enjoy the first tastes of its seasonal fruits and vegetables: strawberries and asparagus, and especially dandelion greens. Although the first two are available nearly all year round they seem to me to taste especially fine at that time of year. The Spring colors are a treat to the eye. Used to the grays and browns of Winter, I greet with joy the soft pinks and purples of the Spring landscape.

The bounty of every season is precious, yet the harvest of Fall has captured first place in my heart. I am not sure why this is. It could be because I so love the vividness of its color. While the delicate hues of Spring are welcome they are not as appealing to me as the exuberant brilliance of Fall. As October deepens I cherish the opportunity to daily inhale the impact of its magnificence.

Walking in the morning on a crisp Fall day I gaze around at the colorful leaves. The ever changing panoply of hues excites and enlivens me. I feel as though inside myself I am dancing. Inaudible pipes sing a song of hurry, hurry, appreciate the bounty before it is gone. The poignancy of this season appeals to my desire to fill each present moment with its greatest beauty and joy. The fullness of it embraces me and I am bathed in gratitude for this gift.

May you find much to be grateful for in the joyful harvest of Fall.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Heartwings Love Note 288 – The Last of the Gold

Heartwings says, “When the last golden leaves have fallen it’s time to gather the bright memories and store them against the winter’s cold.”

The Norway Maples on either side of the house were the last of our trees to turn color. Slowly their leaves became a brilliant yellow. As the sun shone through them their glow heightened the late fall energy and lifted my spirits ever higher. The leaves fell slowly to the ground, carpeting the lawn with their beautiful gold. Almost like a prelude to Christmas lights, a few even decorated the bushes outside my front door.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I don’t mind that winter is coming. I like the crispness of the autumn air. It’s a great time to go for a walk. I have a friend who often joins me on a Sunday. We walk along a country road not far from my home. It too has been carpeted with leaves, first the brilliant red ones, then the russet of the Oaks and now the golden Maples. What a joy.

As I savor the slow decline of the light and the gathering of the gold, I appreciate the cozy of fall. I relish the opportunity to cuddle up with a good book on a chilly night and enjoy the desire to just stay home and be warm that this time of year encourages. Once the holidays are over I will grow tired of the long dark nights and yearn for the increase of the light. For now I welcome the early darkness. It feels restful.

Today looking out the window I see that the leaves have been raked up and carried away. The last of the gold is gone. It was withering anyhow. No matter how much I would like to, I cannot stop the gold from falling and fading. However, I can store it up in my memory, and when the wind blows and snow covers the landscape I can envision it and feel again my joy.

May you have bright memories to comfort you against the cold.

Blessings and Best Regards. Tasha Halpert
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Silliness – Shorts – Suburbia: where they tear out the trees & then name streets after them.

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